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Network Setup: Second Managed Switch?

darkcloudinc 4,471 443 September 18, 2015 at 09:55 PM
I'm in the middle of rebuilding my entire network to reroute traffic away from the main router to a managed switch.

Here's my design: (Indentation denotes Child to the Parent above)

Modem -> WiFi Router A -> Managed Switch A
  1. WiFi Router B (1 Laptop nightly back ups to NAS server, 1 Printer, 1 Open)
  2. Switch B [Managed? Unmanaged?] (Server NAS/Blue Iris causing heavy traffic, PS3, X360, HTPC)
    1. WiFi AP C(3 WiFi IP Cameras Only)
    2. WiFi AP D (General Use)
      1. WiFi AP E(General Use)
I'm using Managed Switch A to prioritize the internet connection while directing traffic around the network much more effectively.
For switch B, given my configuration, is it best to have a managed switch or unmanaged?

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Not really my area but I really do not see the need for a managed switched in most home applications. They certainly can not hurt, but they are beyond the technical knowledge of most home users and the benefit of config to those who do have the background is marginal at best in the typical home setup, esp. if it is wired for gigabit ethernet all round. My 2 cents. I have no managed switches in my home network which also includes Blue Iris running 24x7. Yes I am sure if you have a bunch of kids streaming videos all day and a bunch of other stuff all going on simultaneously you might find some need for it, but I have not run into the situation in any home setup I have ever done.
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Not really my area but I really do not see the need for a managed switched in most home applications. They certainly can not hurt, but they are beyond the technical knowledge of most home users and the benefit of config to those who do have the background is marginal at best in the typical home setup, esp. if it is wired for gigabit ethernet all round. My 2 cents. I have no managed switches in my home network which also includes Blue Iris running 24x7. Yes I am sure if you have a bunch of kids streaming videos all day and a bunch of other stuff all going on simultaneously you might find some need for it, but I have not run into the situation in any home setup I have ever done.
Thanks for your reply. Judging from the price of a new consumer unmanaged switch vs a used enterprise managed switch, it's about the same. So I may just buy used.
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I agree no real need to manage you could just put the stuff that is internal on one switch then the traffic will stay in the switch, that is what I do between my server wired desktop and printer, the rest use my routers ports.
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Thanks for the replies! I ended up going with a unmanaged switch and swap the switches moving the managed to the heavier traffic section.
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