Originally Posted by gregzoll
Suntan, please show us the information from the industry, that this is a proper process for networking? Have you ever seen it done your way in commercial applications? What you are doing, is how we used to do Token Ring topology. It does not work with current methods, is why everyone uses Star Topology. Why, because it works.
What are you talking about? This is nothing like the old token ring.
You have one main switch (preferably where your media server is connected to, you run cables from that switch to nodes in your house where it makes sense. You then break it out to the end devices.
I have a switch in the basement serving my basement theater plus two additional switches (the router on the main floor and a switch up in the main bedroom.) The media server PC is also connected to this basement switch.
The switch in the router is used to connect devices and laptops (when I want to go wired to transfer large quanities of data) in the livingroom while the switch in the bedroom runs a couple of media players as well as offering the ability to plug a laptop in up there.
Never had a problem.
The OP said he's thinking he'll have 10 or so devices. How many of those do you actually think will be running full bore at the same time?
Let's be generous and say 6 at a time. No Rokus or anything, just 6 streamers that only do Blu Ray rips. Let's say that in this averaged sized, 3400 sq' house he has 6 TVs and all 6
are expected to playback a different BR rip at the same time.
Furthermore, let's say that all 6 of these different BRs are encoded at the absolute max bitrate of 50Mbps, constant bitrate. Its not going to happen, most BRs have an average bitrate of half this or less, but let's say it anyway.
Now with all that going on, let's say he still wants to transfer some backup data or something to a laptop. All 6, *full bore* BR rips run about 37.5MBps, leaving a transfer rate of at least 20MBps to transfer his backup files
Personally, on my network, it is quite normal to see 60MBps transfer between computers on different switches, even with HD media playing to some network streamers. So that is where I'm getting my numbers. And I use the cheapest switches Newegg had available at the time.