I have a customer who has a print shop and a peer to peer network
There are two Apple Macs connected to a Netgear Readynas 102 6TB Nas drive, several Xerox copiers, 4 PC's running Office and also a MIS App that runs across the network and a Vpop mail server.
The main issues is network speed. Clearly there is a lot of traffic for a small peer to peer network but on occasions at least one pc drops off the network, one of the printers becomes unavailable and the two Macs and one in particular seem to be having real problems opening large artwork files from the NAS. The switch thats installed is a Netgear Prosafe 1GB Unmanaged Switch and is 8 years old.
They have had network issues for a while but its got worse in the past few months.
To me it sounds like a switch issue which is rare I know. I was going to replace it with a similar 1gb switch but wondered if there was a better solution. Would a managed switch be better and how can I increase the speed for the two macs and the NAS?
Just after some thoughts and recommendations.