Good afternoon everyone.
I would like to know the textbook answer to a network I've been asked to assist with.
I have an IT cupboard which serves the location as the MDF. I then have a variety of zones (A,B and C) throughout the location. Unfortunately there has been no consistent plan whilst installing cabling to these zones so you have a situation something like this:
MDF <---1x 60m---> "A" <---2x 10m---> "B" <---2x 5m---> "C"
All cabling is Cat6a.
Is the best option here to connect the MDF-A cable to one of the A-B cables, with A and C connecting to B? All switches at A, B and C are identical.
Pros of this approach, traffic from B and C has one fewer hop to reach the MDF and there are no areas more than 3 layers deep. Cons of this approach, traffic from A has one more hop to reach the MDF.
Any input you have is appreciated!