I am looking for information to help me decide whether to buy a larger Switch or larger Router? I think I need to get all equipment on the same device?
I have a small business network with 2 desktops, 3 to 4 laptops, 2 multifunction Printer/Fax/copy/scanners via USB dedicated to PC?s; 1 USB Photo printer dedicated to a PC; 1 Lazer Jet on the network and a 250Gig external Drive as common storage.
I currently have real problems getting the PCs to recognize one another, sometimes it works (generally one desktop can see all the others, but not the reverse??), at times I cannot see any of them. The network printer is fast from the one desktop, slow or failure from all others.
At times, and from some PCs I can instantly see a Workgroup Directory and browse it, quickly? Other times this takes MINUTES to open? What gives???
I?m thinking I should put one big switch to replace the 4 port router and 5 port switch now used. (3 PC?s on the router, the others on the switch, plugged into the router?)
Is this the right approach? Should I put a `server? in to handle the traffic? Seems like overkill? Though I would like to get all the peripherals onto the Network, but only if it works fast?
My Internet access is
1.) a Satellite hookup Modem to Router to Switch (as above) and
2.) (my backup and for VPN?ing) an ISDN line on one PC?
Any help would be appreciated