Switches and speed

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Jul 12th, 2006
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I was just wondering if more switches and routers on a network can increase speed greatly (mainly for internet). My design is

IDU -> 8 portDlink switch -> Pix 501 -network

IDU -> 8 portDlink switch -> cisco 2600 series -> catalyst 2950 -network

i also have other switches (e.g 3com, intex) along the way. Does a mixture of different vendors equipment affect the perfomers of others? If i add more switches and routers and stick to Cisco products can/how can i increase spead?



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Bobby Thekkekandam Wed, 07/12/2006 - 09:27
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Hi D,

The fastest speed you'll be able to achieve is a function of the slowest link along a given path. Adding more devices in the path will not help increase speeds. If anything, it may introduce more delay.



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