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Enterprise Networking: How to service 2000 users (total noob).

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Please ignore this Thread! I didn't realize the topics were limited to home use! :oops:

Hi guys, I have been searching the Internet trying to find a solution for the past couple of hours and decided to get some help. The issue I am facing is hypothetical. Here is the situation, I am doing some wiring for an Enterprise, and currently about 2000 computers need to be interconnected. The Backbone of the network is a located on the first floor (Core), along with all Layer 3 switches and firewalls (distribution Point).

Each floor in the enterprise serves about 500 users; the edge switches for these users are located in a networking closet.

That being said, as far as I know, and according to the infinite wisdom of the Internet, the maximum amount of ports available on any switch is 48. My first thought is that patch panels would provide the extra ports I need. Come to find out that the function of a patch panel, among other things, is to provide proper in-wall cabling throughout the facility (and neatness on the network room side), no ports are to be gained.

So I came to the conclusion that the only way to link these users to the distribution point is to combine 11 switches together using trunk ports. This sounds crazy to me, but with my limited knowledge and experience, I really don't see another way. Can someone with a little more experience possibly shed light on this issue?

Thank you to all that reply.


Any corrections, suggestions, or the pointing out of things that are just plain wrong are welcome. I am trying to learn as I go :laughing:.



Edited by bigmike2238, 14 October 2014 - 08:48 AM.

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Sorry you got the impression we were just for home users. We have a number of IT Pros here.

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