Looking at this thread wouldn't it have been better to just have the core switch loaded with the extra Copper ports he'd have needed then the connection speed si the backplane speed anyway which is usually considerably higher than anything but several trunked 10gb fibre ports (I know Extreme, Cisco and Foundry are much faster than this)? Just seems a little strange to have a core switch and then add several switches below if you can get a core with enough upgrade capacity why not use it?
Ideally I think you would do the above as long as the devices you're connecting all lead back to the same comms cabinet/patch panel location.
Originally Posted by wesleyw
Most of the PCs in our school are in different buildings from where the core switch/cabinet is located with fibre links connecting them (between seperate buildings) hence the need for a core and several 'edge' switches. I'm sure a lot of other places will be in the same situation.
Many of the modular switches that take substantial numbers of fibre/ethernet connections are also fairly expensive so if funds are limited it might be cheaper to buy a stack of several lower cost switches.