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    Which switch to get??

    Presently, I've got the following two systems hooked up peer to peer without a hub using a crossover cable.

    1. Win 3.1/Win 95 system using a 3Com 3c509b-TPO.
    2. Win 98/Win 2000 system using a 3Com 3c905b-TX.

    I very infrequently access the drives on the Win 95 system, so perhaps the system need not be networked anymore.

    I am planning on building a Win XP Pro system that would be networked to the Win 2000 system. I could do that with a crossover cable if I remove the Win 95 system from the net.

    However, I'd like to maintain the option of keeping the Win 95 system on the net, permanently or just occasionaly. So I guess I gotta get a switch for all 3 systems to connect.

    The first step would be to get the switch and connect the current two systems. After I build the new system, I would add the new system, perhaps, removing the Win 95 system.

    What switch is recomended?

    I do not wish to use wireless.

    Is the Linksys EZXS88W any good? I've heard that Linksys power bricks die more often than they should.
    What brand(s) should I consider other than Linksys?

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    Re: Which switch to get??

    I don't know anything about the Linksys model YOU mentioned and if you need eight ports that might be the way to go. BUT, I have a Linksys BEFSR41 four-port and it has worked beautifully ever since I've had it. I even bought another as a gift for my son. I use DSL and he's on cable. Never had any trouble with power. There were a few funny behaviours early on but never out of service and their latest firmware has it flying well these days.

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    Re: Which switch to get??

    THe following is probably relevant:

    1. 3COM Officeconnect has lifetime limited hardware warranty, but only 90 days of free software support.

    2. Netgear has 5 year warranty on switch, but only 2 years on power adapter, with 24 x 7 support.

    3. Linksys has 5 year warranty on whole thing, with 24 x 7 support.

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    Re: Which switch to get??

    Howard,
    So far as the power bricks are concerned, I haven't heard anything good or bad about the failure rate on them, but if you are worried, then just replace it with a heavier duty one than the stock brick. The VAST majority of failures on these things are because the designers spec in one that is too close to the upper limits of the device. So if the unit draws say, 190 ma current, they use a brick that is 200 ma. (much too close and no reserve, but save a few cents on the overall cost) You can get replacements from many sources at an inexpensive price but just make sure you check the voltage and current ratings on the old one (usually stamped on the brick itself) and if for example the brick is 5 volts DC, at 200 milliamps (ma), get one that is 5 volts DC at 500 ma or something like that which will give you some reserve current capacity. The other thing to check is to have the same type of plug at the end of the cord with the SAME POLARITY as the original. That is positive at the tip or sleeve of the plug and negative on the other of course. If it's an AC brick, then polarity doesn't matter, since there is no polarity involved with AC bricks. <img src=/S/electric.gif border=0 alt=electric width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/electric.gif border=0 alt=electric width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Which switch to get??

    It is my understanding that "The Three Little Pigs" have cornered the brick market in case the wolfe is successful in his huffing and puffing.

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    Re: Which switch to get??

    Pardon me, but is that the great smell of Bacon?

    (Actually, I remember the "great smell of Brut" line from a joke in a Doonesbury cartoon where, if I recall correctly, Rick Redfern was being interviewed by David Halberstam. But I have to admit I'm not certain about that.)

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    Re: Which switch to get??

    Howard,
    Another vote here for the Linksys befsr41. It is working flawlessly for me on a network of three xp machines and just added a JetDirect 300x printer server. Boy is that nice. Faster, I think, than just connecting to the parallel port of one machine (or at least it seems that way), definitely a lot faster printing from another computer vs. sharing the printer connected to one machine, and only the printer and the computer doing the printing need to be on for it to work (bought it used off of eBay for $80us, MSRP at the HP site $249!!) Anyway back to the linksys, it's been on 24/7 for the past almost year now and has never blinked. Pretty sure you can get them for about $50 these days. You can add more ports if you have the need, up to 253. Configuration is effortless, but you can manually configure everything if you want. I have seen a similar box from D-link, which sold for a few dollars less, but like I said I'm very pleased with the Linksys.

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    Re: Which switch to get??

    I have thought about a printer server, but that's just one more thing that could go wrong.

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    Re: Which switch to get??

    I had a Linksys router for two and one half years with no problems at all. I just upgraded form a four port unit to a eight port one. Linksys routers are easy to use and easy to maintain. Just make sure you buy new Cat E5 or E6 cable if you get a router. Plus if you are planning on conecting to the internet via the router make sure you have a new cable from the modium to the router. Set up is very straight forward, follow the instructions in the book or follow the wizard on the CD. Good luck to you and welcome to the networked world!

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    Re: Which switch to get??

    I'll base my decision on warranty and support.

    Both Linksys and Netgear offer free 24 x 7 telephone support, with a 5 year warranty.
    However, Netgear warrants the power adapter for only 2 years, so Linksys waranty appears better.

    3COM offers lifetime warranty BUT telephone support is free only for the 1st 90 daze.
    Obviously, telephone support should not matter much, if at all, for a switch, but I'm sure not willing to go thru the hastle of paying them to determine whether the switch has gone bad after 90 days, even if they cancel the charge for the call. I've gone thru that with other vendors, it's a pain in the back rank, to use polite chess terminology.

    So, I guess I'll go with Linksys.

    COMPUSA seems to have great prices on Belkin CAT 5e cables, so I'll buy the cables locally.

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    Re: Which switch to get??

    Just a quick note.
    I am using a Netgear 10Mb/s 4 port hub that was $9.95 new US.
    If you are using only 3 machines I see no reason for a switch. Yes, I know they are better due to communication improvements but with only a few machines and what I see as little communication between the computers an inexpensive hub should do.
    The only time I have issues is when I am on computer A listening to a music CD on computer B while running a database (Quick Books or Quicken file) from computer A to A . Then the music sometimes drops off.

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    Re: Which switch to get??

    "The great smell of Brut" was most notably a television advertisement by the much-loved but frequently horizontal British boxing heavyweight Henry Cooper.

    But that has nothing to do with switches, although he did once manage to deck Mohammed Ali... [huh?!]
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    Re: Which switch to get??

    My current set up of a Win 98/Win2000 system connected to a Win 3.1/Win 95 system with a crossover cable has little network activity.

    When I build the XP system, I expect that there will much more frequent activity, in particular, with the Win 2000 systems.

    I'm considering not even having the Win 3.1/Win 95 system powered up, except when I need to use it.

    I might opt for a 5 port switch, instead of an 8 port switch.

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    Re: Which switch to get??

    Howard could be worried about one of his NIC's being in promiscuous mode and sniffing packets exchanged among the other systems. But I think this argument for switches over hubs (switches don't send every packet down every wire) applies more to the business environment than one's own home office. Unless one has multiple personalities with paranoia issues...

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    Re: Which switch to get??

    Switches are much faster than hubs.

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