Workgroup Hub Buzzwords to Look For?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Makosuke, Mar 8, 2005.

  1. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    This is a rather ignorant question, and perhaps belongs in Product Recommendations, but it seemed general enough for here:

    I'm going to be buying a brand new XServe for my office network (part of a big campus network), but I've also been charged with buying a network hub to replace an aging 10Base-T hub, and I'm a bit in the dark as to what buzzwords (or brands) I should be looking at. Pertinent info:

    Currently using an old 3Com LinkBuilder FMS II dumb hub, with all 24 ports occupied. The internet feed and all network "seed" info (not sure what the term is--DHCP, Windows domain, Appletalk Zones, etc) comes from a straight outside 10Base-T link, everything internal is hooked up via 4-pair Cat5 cable.

    I'm looking for something that'll replace the old hub, has at least 32 ports (probably involve stacking 2 hubs/switches, I assume), be able to accomodate both 100Base-T and a few 10Base-T devices without degrading everything to 10Base-T, and hopefully have at least one gigabit port for the server. I'm looking to go as cheap as possible, since this'll all be replaced in a couple years anyway.

    What happy words should I be looking for here? Is there much involved in "stacking" two hubs for extra ports, or do I need to buy hubs specially designed for that? For that matter, can I operate a switch as a dumb hub for this purpose?

    I've been spending time with Google, but if anybody has the time to chip in a few things look for, I'd be very apprecitiave.

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