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# 248837 12-Apr-2019 07:28
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I am looking at a major extension / renovation and I am looking to have some wired data ports installed. I already have a proper data cabinet sourced (550W x 650H x 450D). I will have a patch panel 24 ports. I will have fiber by the time everything is done.



Primary use of the wired network will be


- to access reliably a NAS from 1-2 smart TVs and 1-2 wired computers, Panasonic Freeview recorder, maybe a Tivo if the home network feature will become available as un upgrade... The TVs of course have wireless but wired is better, right?


- one wireless access point somewhere in the house (the cabinet is in garage / basement)


- provision for future 3-4 security cameras with the associated recorder?


- Cabling and patch panel will be Cat5e rated.



The security cameras will require PoE, this being the easiest way - correct?


Ideally I am after an un-managed switch (simpler to install) not necessarily with 24 ports - say 12 or 16 should be enough.



Question 1:


do I really need Gigabit ports on the switch, or does the "fast ethernet" 10/100 meet the requirements for what I intend to do? The NAS includes a Gigabit ethernet port. If 10/100 is enough, these switches are cheaper and they can have the PoE built-in. I am not looking for a high end switch, these would be generally managed devices and I will easily get lost through the settings...



Question 2:


is it better to get the PoE feature as part of the switch from the beginning, or can I add a second (smaller) switch with PoE capability later? Will this complicate the network / setting addresses?



Question 3:


I can get one of these for a good price: Foundry Networks FastIron Edge X424


On paper it sounds good quality hardware, 24 ports Gigabit. It is managed though, and there is no PoE.


Should I grab it?





Many thanks in advance.

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  # 2215540 12-Apr-2019 09:32
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There is no point in a 10/100 switch (it'll be a bottleneck for the NAS) nor is there any point in cat5e cable when cat6 is now the norm and pretty much the same price. It totally limits your options to utilise the cable for things such as HDMI extenders.



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