11-24-2009 09:53:21 AM
I have a situation in which I am using nothing but cat-5 and switches to distribute everything through my home network. My problem is described below.
I have maxed out my internet speeds with what they offer and all seems pretty well. My bandwidth is maxed. The problem is that my tv's glitch occasionally either picture and sound, or just sound. I have all services running through cat-5, no coax. I have been trying to figure out a way to maybe distinguish between signals or separate the signals all together so I can speed up traffic flows for the tv signals. Surely I don't have to run multiple lines do I? I was thinking that if I invested in a managed switch with multiple up-link capabilities and fed dual from the RG, that I might be able to manage data flow better that way, but I am not sure. None of the switches I have now are managed, nor do they allow multiple up-links. I just don't want to invest in anything else, if there is something I can do with my existing equipment. Any ideas? Thanks in advance for any and all help.
Setup is as follows:
From RG --> single up-link into 10/100 24 port switch
From 24 port switch --> 7 lines out
- Computer (In bedroom with switch)
- NAS Drive
- Network Printer
- u-Verse Box (In bedroom with switch)
- wall lead to bedroom 1 upstairs
- wall lead to bedroom 2 upstairs
- wall lead to living room
- u-Verse Box
- Mac Computer
From wall lead living room --> 10/100 4 port switch
- u-Verse box
- X-Box 360
- Media Center PC
11-24-2009 10:34:24 AM
Make sure any switch you use is 802.1p compliant for QOS. Will prioritize TV first, internet second
and might make things smoother there.
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11-24-2009 12:22:16 PM
Yes, as Chris said, all switches must be 802.1p compliant to mix Internet and IPTV traffic.
You may also want to look at my diagram of how to separate traffic using managed switches and VLANs.
11-24-2009 09:58:35 PM
The documentation for the Dell PowerConnect 2124 states it is 802.1p compliant, but I could not find anything stating that in the documentation for the Linksys.
You may want to investigate some more modern Gigabit managed switches to give you some additional control and bandwidth. The NetGear GS-108T (not the GS-108) is an 8-port managed gigabit switch that supports VLANs. I have seen pricing as low as $87 on the internet.
11-25-2009 08:04:15 AM
Question... In order to keep things separated at each location, would I need managed switches at each break? Bare with me. I haven't done much networking in years now.
11-25-2009 10:24:13 AM
If you wanted strict separation of IPTV traffic and Internet traffic, then yes, that requires VLANs, which would require a managed switch at every location.
But that may not be required. You can mix internet and IPTV traffic on the same network provided that there is enough bandwidth available and all switches are 802.1p compliant. If you didn't want to mess with managed switches and VLANs, you could replace your switches with NetGear GS-108 (or GS-105) switches. The non-"T" versions are not manageable, but are Gigabit and 802.1p. I was using them with mixed traffic before I replaced them with the "T" versions for my current setup.