Need some Advice

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by Dextrosinistro, Feb 6, 2016.

  1. Dextrosinistro macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2016
    I have a 10 person ad/design studio, implementing a Mac networked environment of all relatively new iMacs, and pro systems... Connected to a server with a Pegasus thunderbolt nas box that everyone works to and from. We presently have it all connected using cat5 and gigabit net gear switches and routers. We deal with some rather large files (large format print pieces) and as the staff is growing we need to move into a new office.

    Should I wire the new office with cat6 cables, invest in a new 10gb switch, and thunderbolt 2 Pegasus?

    Wondering what the forum consensus is?
  2. Dubadai macrumors regular


    Jun 16, 2015
    Stockholm, Sweden.
    Cat6 cables, yes. New switch, yes. Regarding the Pegasus, I dont know what your throughput is, but if you have no issues maxing out Thunderbolt 1, then get a new one with TB2.

    I would start with new cables, and use the switch you have no as well as the pegasus. See how that works. I would first and foremost update the bottleneck, regardless of if its the pegasus or the switch.

    But cables should definately be cat6. Have a look at shielded cables as well, if youre gonna be running a whole bunch of them in a busy office environment.
  3. sevoneone macrumors 6502

    May 16, 2010
    Cat6 is a no-brainier for any new cabling project. If you have to do any cable runs longer than 150', you will want to makes sure you use Cat6a cabling to support 10GBASE-T.

    Before you invest in switches, also remember that you will have to purchase 10GigE capable adapters for your Macs to take advantage of the speed. I would look at your existing 1GigE network and see if there are any bottlenecks. Depending on how much data you are moving, 1000BASE-T may be sufficient for an individual workstation, but not for your NAS/Server to handle the simultaneous needs of multiple clients. If you have multiple switches, you could be saturating the uplink between them. In those cases, most new 1GigE switches have 2-4 10GigE capable SFP ports you could use to connect your server and uplink between switches. Link Agregation might work too.
  4. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    If you want a 10g network you need CAT 6a Ethernet cable and 10G Switch too! Plus with so much much expensive business equpiment consider getting insurance and cameras recording inside your business when your people are not there.

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