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November 21, 2013, 03:07:44 PM
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I am looking to add a switch, perhaps for hooking up more ASIC blades.

Is a 10/100 switch good enough or do I need something better?

My perception is that mining doesn't really require high bandwidth, but I've got not solid research behind that other than the fact my Internet doesn't seem slower with the miners running.

My understanding is once I get a switch I can just run a cable from the router and the router will assign new IP addresses through the switch. Don't know if this even exists, but does anyone make a reasonably-priced WiFi switch or can I pair a switch with a WiFi access point somehow?

Noticed the cost of blades has almost doubled from when I bought mine last week, might wait for a price correction, but also lacking patience in the idea of timing the market for purchasing equipment. I'm seeing some good deals on used 10/100 switches, if that is good enough to run miners please let me know.

Thanks!

Edit: not sure if it matters, but my router is a Linksys WRT54G



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November 21, 2013, 03:18:14 PM
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It's not worth buying a 10/100 switch now, Gigabit ones are so cheap.

I have one of these, it's been solid as a rock for over 18 months, and uses about 2W of power at worst when all 8 ports are busy:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/TP-Link-TL-SG1008-8-Port-Rackmountable-Gigabit/dp/B001AUL7A6

A 10/100 will work fine, I use a little 5-port Netgear for my RPi and 2x Blades rig, which uplinks to the TPLink.  Works fine, it even runs off the same PSU I use to run the Blades, the USB hubs, the Pi and the fans off.


You could plug a wireless access point in to the switch, and connect that to the wifi on your WRT54G.  But, it'll be crap - Wireless-G is a bit crap.  Just run a cable.


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November 21, 2013, 05:25:56 PM
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It's not worth buying a 10/100 switch now, Gigabit ones are so cheap.

I have one of these, it's been solid as a rock for over 18 months, and uses about 2W of power at worst when all 8 ports are busy:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/TP-Link-TL-SG1008-8-Port-Rackmountable-Gigabit/dp/B001AUL7A6

A 10/100 will work fine, I use a little 5-port Netgear for my RPi and 2x Blades rig, which uplinks to the TPLink.  Works fine, it even runs off the same PSU I use to run the Blades, the USB hubs, the Pi and the fans off.


You could plug a wireless access point in to the switch, and connect that to the wifi on your WRT54G.  But, it'll be crap - Wireless-G is a bit crap.  Just run a cable.



So if I hardwire a gigabit switch will my router bottleneck it? Not sure if the WRT54G is so old that it would get in the way. Anyways, I'm looking at a 16 port 10/100 switch for something like $6, kinda seems like the way to go if it will get the mining done just as well. Am I correct in my understanding?



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