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In today's world of going wireless, it seems that the wired section (people who want fast, reliable, secure speeds) have been left on the wayside when it comes to new ideas and technology. Hopefully someone will pick up this idea and run with it to the point where I get a small, obscure footnote in history :)

The idea: Make a T-switch that works the same way as a 5, 8, ... 24 port switch. Remove the need for an external power supply, all the LEDs that tell you it is connected, etc. and have it be the same size as a regular wall jack that is currently out now.

What this will do is remove the need to have an indiviual cable per Cat 6 wall jack. Currently, it looks like this:

--- Code: ---
|-----------------| ---------------------------- Wall Jack 1
|- Modem / Router-| --------------------------------------------------- Wall Jack 2
|-----------------| --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Wall Jack 3

--- End code ---

The ideal solution would be for it to look like this:

--- Code: ---
|- Modem / Router-| ------------------- Wall Jack 1 ----------------------- Wall Jack 2 ---------------- Wall Jack 3

--- End code ---

it introduces problems though
Such as;

- lots of traffic collisions as computers speak at once and have to wait for the line to be clear.
- Slowdown when node A wants to talk to node B at full network speed while at the same time node C wants to talk to node D at full speed also
- Breaks in the chain cause everyone to lose their connection.

Old coax 10base2 networks were like that, a big daisy chain of coax.

What advantages do you see a system like this having?

I assume each wall outlet / switch would implement a real 802.3 switch, so collisions should not be an issue. I see this as mainly useful for SOHO environments, were 90% of the traffic is between a workstation and the router anyway, so bandwidth should not be an issue. Most SOHO environments don't even have wall outlets, just some loose cables.

For larger environments, the bandwidth will be an issue. Connections between switches often use faster link speed (eg. GE if FE downstream, or aggregated GE/10GE if GE downstream), you would need to run this to each wall outlet. The backplane of most switches is a lot faster than the link speed. Management is also mandatory in those environments, which would probably make costs and size prohibitive.

One issue I see is power. Implementing PoE at the router seems like the ideal solution, but is relatively expensive (proper 802.3at, not the proprietary 'lets put some DC voltage on a random pair' that some manufacturers implement). Needing a wall wart for each wall outlet would suck.

ah, i missed the mini switch per wall jack bit.
that makes more sense

So...Correct me if i'm wrong, basically what you want to do is put a small SOHO switch in each outlet, just strip the LED's? cause to my knowledge you can't really can't run it without some sort of power.

P.S. If you have any more specific standards questions or anything, i have taken a 2 year Cisco(Routers and Switches) course, as well as I'm an A+ Certified Depot Technician.


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