In finally decided to remove the daisy chain of small Gigabit switches in my garage and replace them with a single 24-port Gigabit switch. Since I was going to rewire the switches, I decided to also update the location of the switch and install a single UPS. The project was a short afternoon, a one-person job and turned out to be a clean installation. Read on to see how the upgrade turned out.
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The Old Problem
You can see in the picture below that my network in the garage is a mess. It started as one cable from the attic and has grown out of control. As my network grew I would just daisy chain more switches together. The garage had two DGS-2205’s and one DGS-2208 connected to four HD HomeRun tuners, one Xbox, a laptop and seven NICs.
D-Link switches are great performing devices, low power and easy to mount.
The New Equipment
In the charts below you can see part numbers and costs but all that really matters is the bottom line. For the entire project (after rebates) I spent $431.53. This was not cheap by any means but the results were well worth the cost. If you were starting from scratch, a couple of eight port switches a UPS and cables would run you a couple of bills anyway so take away the cage and it is not too bad of a deal.