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What Equipment do we use?

Just like mentioned before, our equipment it broken down by our backbone and then our table switches. All of our switching equipment is Trendnet. Doing this makes support easier if you ever have problems and will cause fewer issues when hooking everything up. Networking is all about standards, but we have still found it to give us fewer issues when using only one brand over a mix and match of switches.

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Our Backbone Switch

We currently only need one backbone switch and that includes running all of the staff and our servers on that same switch to give the best connectivity to game servers hosted on staff PC’s. For that we use the Trendnet TEG-240WS 24 Port Gigabit Web Smart Switch. Here are the Specifications

Standards

IEEE 802.3 10Base-T 
IEEE 802.3u 100Base-TX
IEEE 802.3ab 1000Base-T 
IEEE 802.3z 1000Base-SX/LX (Mini-GBIC)
IEEE 802.3x Flow Control and Back Pressure
IEEE 802.1D Spanning Tree Protocol
IEEE 802.1p QoS
IEEE 802.1Q VLAN Tag
IEEE 802.1X Authentication
SNMP v1

Protocol

CSMA/CD

Transmission Method

Store-and-Forward

Interface

24 x 10/100/1000Mbps Auto-MDIX RJ-45 ports
2 x 1000Base-SX/LX Mini-GBIC slots (shared with Gigabit ports 23-24)

Network Media

Ethernet: UTP/STP Cat. 3, 4, 5 up to 100m 
Fast Ethernet: UTP/STP Cat. 5, 5e up to 100m
Gigabit: UTP/STP Cat. 5, 5e, 6 up to 100m

Data Transfer Rate

10Mbps: 10/20Mbps (Half/Full-Duplex)
100Mbps: 100/200Mbps (Half/Full-Duplex)
1000Mbps: 2000Mbps (Full-Duplex)

Data RAM Buffers

512KBytes per device

Filtering Address Table

8K entries per device

Switch Fabric

48Gbps forwarding capacity

Diagnostic LEDs

Per Unit: Power, System
Per Copper Gigabit Port: Link/ACT, 1000M, 100M
Per Mini-GBIC Port: Link/ACT, 1000M

Power Supply

100 ~ 240VAC 50/60Hz, internal universal switching power

Power Consumption

35 watts (max)

Dimension

440 x 210 x 44mm (17.3 x 8.3 x 1.73in.)

Weight

3kg (6.6lb)

Temperature

Operating: 0°C ~ 40°C (32°F ~ 104°F)
Storage: -10°C to 70°C (14°F to 158°F)

Humidity

Operating: 10 % ~ 90 % (non-condensing)
Storage: 5 % ~ 90 %(non-condensing)

Certifications

CE, FCC

As you can see the TEG-240WS has all of the requirements that we set forth before. It has the added benefit of giving us mini-GBIC slots for fiber if we ever need to expand beyond one backbone switch. Going with a Web Smart switch gives us most of the benefits of a managed switch (all of the features we need), while being a little cheaper in price. Buying managed Gigabit switches is still VERY expensive, even when used.

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Table Switches

Our table switches are a lot simpler than our Backbone and are considerably cheaper. We went Trendnet 24 Port Gigabit GREENnet Switches Model number TEG-S24Dg. These fulfill all of our requirements including size and even have a full 48Gbps forwarding capacity, something that isn’t a requirement on table switches. Here are the specifications.

Standards

IEEE 802.3 10Base-T
IEEE 802.3u 100Base-TX
IEEE 802.3ab 1000Base-T
IEEE 802.3x Flow Control
IEEE 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet

Network Media

Ethernet: Cat. 5 up to 100 m

Fast Ethernet: Cat. 5 and 5e up to 100 m

Gigabit Ethernet: Cat. 5e and 6 up to 100 m

Data Rate

Ethernet: 10Mbps/20Mbps (half/full-duplex)

Fast Ethernet: 100Mbps/200Mbps (half/full-duplex)

Gigabit Ethernet: 2000Mbps (full-duplex)

Protocol / Topology

CSMA/CD, Star

Power Consumption

13 Watts (max.)

Switch Fabric

48Gbps

Interface

24 x 10/100/1000 Mbps Auto-MDIX RJ-45 ports

Power Button

On / off power button

Data RAM Buffer

3.5 MBits

Filtering Table

8 K entries

Jumbo Frame Support

Up to 9216Bytes

Diagnostic LED

Power, Link/ACT, 100Mbps, 1000Mbp

Power

100~240VAC, 50/60Hz Internal universal switching power

Dimension

280 x 180 x 44 mm (11 x 7 x 1.7 in.)

Weight

1.7 kg (3.8 lbs.)

Temperature

Operating: 0° ~ 40° C (32° ~ 104° F)

Storage: -10° ~ 70° C (14° ~ 158° F)

Humidity

Max. 90% (non-condensing)

Certifications

CE, FCC

I mentioned power usage earlier, the GREENnet Switches are designed to only use minimum voltage required meaning we will see the most efficient use of power as possible. The MAX power usage is a whopping 13 watts, when compared to the backbones 35 watts it’s even more impressive. That’s of course at maximum; depending on connection lengths and usage power consumption can be even less (70% less according to Trendnet). Another benefit we have found in the TEG-S24Dg that we didn’t realize when ordering was the built in power switch. This is great for resetting the network; you don’t even have to unplug the switch.

All in all we have been extremely happy with the network. We have been using the full Gigabit network using the Trendnet switches for a few events now and we haven’t had one network related issue. The internet is a whole different issue. We can cover how to cover internet at your event in another write-up. Best of luck with your event and feel free to comment if you have any questions. If this write-up is helpful for setting up your event, please post on the comments here and let us know! We would love to hear about the events that have been helped.  

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