Using switches to extend my network

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Can I use switches to extend my network? What is the limit of how far I can physically extend it? We are using Cat6 and gigabit.

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Yes you sure can. You can daisychain up to six switches with 100m cable between each one. I wouldn’t go any further than that because routing protocols will start breaking down after that and could possibly shut down your entire network

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  • Chippy088
    If you only use switches to extend the network, you could end up with slower communications , unless the switches used are managed. Managed switches, allow you to stop a lot of unnecessary traffic from saturating the whole network. Each managed switch needs an IP address of its own, so you will have to plan the extension carefully. I would prefer to place a few routers strategically within the network to provide better security and traffic management. After all that is their strength.
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  • ErroneousGiant
    the physical limit of a cat5/6 cable is around 90m (you can go to 95 but you will get a lot of signal degregation). You could use switches to 'boost' the signal again to go another 90m but as chippy088 said you may end up with epic slowness unless that is done correctly.
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  • saturno
    Hello, To give you a comprehensive answer, I would ask you to tell us a little more about your current network design. If possible, a network map with layer 1 to 3 would be good. Beyond your current scenario, please let us know what are your real needs or expectations for "expanding it"
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  • patrickScott12
    Offcourse it is possible but consider speed and security. Remember the basic the maximum length of the cable is 100m.
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