Posted: Sun, 25 December 2011
> The profusion of network cables strung through doorways here demonstrates
> that two drops per sysadmin isn't anywhere near enough.
What I *actually* suspect it demonstrates is that Chris' company hasn't
learnt about the magic that is VLANs. All of the reasons he cites in the
[longer, explanatory blog
could be solved with VLANs. The only time you can't get away with one
gigabit drop per office and an 8 port VLAN-capable switch is when you need
high capacity, and given how many companies struggle by with wifi, I'm going
to guess that sustained gigabit-per-machine is not a common requirement.
So, for Christmas, buy your colleages a bunch of gigabit VLAN capable
switches, and you can avoid both the nightmare of not having enough network
ports, and the more hideous tragedy of having to crawl around the roofspace
and recable an entire office.