At an event, you have many computers connected to each other that are first and foremost sending information constantly to each other because of the gaming that is going on. This means that all the gamers need to have low ping or lag connections, on a well organised network so that everyone receives the same speeds.
Compounding this situation is the sharing of data. Now if our network is running at 100 megabits per second, this means that you can effectively copy 12.5 megabytes per second. 650 / 12.5 = 54 seconds.
So we have the requirements of the network. We want to LAN, we want to share stuff, and we want to do it FAST! This results in a EXPENSIVE network that takes some effort to get running. This is the biggest reason for LANs not taking off - because organisers do not take this seriously.
At Organised Chaos, we recognise that the network is the fundamental requirement in our business and we strive to ensure that our network is pleasing to all participants. Every participant of OC can expect a 100 Mbit connection (depending if they have a capable LAN card), and will be able to see and feel the difference when connecting to our network (in the gaming lag/ping).
For those of you interested in how the network topology is setup, we use a "star" configuration. When our events grew passed the 300 man LAN boundary, we used to have one central 24port switch which all the others connected up to. We soon realised to ensure our 100Mbit promise, we needed to uplink each switch at 1Gbit per 10 players. As such most of our switches have a dual 1Gbit uplink. We use between 32 and 54 satellite switches which means our core would need to be 2x that number in ports. We now use the Nortel 5510-48T x3 in our backbone to facilitate the network. The satellite switches are the 24port 10/100m/bit of which 20 ports are used (in our current config).
NORTEL ETHERNET SWITCH 325-24G
Formerly known as: BayStack 325 Switches
The Nortel Ethernet Switch 325 models are standalone 10/100 Mbps Layer 2 Ethernet switches designed to meet the needs of small and medium customers. Nortel Ethernet Switches are designed to provide low-port pricing for a cost-effective desktop switching solution.
The Ethernet Switch 325-24G has 24 10BASE-T/100BASE-T auto-sensing ports plus 2 10/100/1000BASE-T ports for uplink connectivity to servers or backbone switches.
- Full auto-sensing on every port - Each switch has auto-sensing ports to accommodate 10 Mbps or 100 Mbps devices.
- BoSS (Ethernet Switch Software) allows Nortel's Ethernet 325 Switches to use a single software image that provides new features and will be available for free for the lifetime of the switches.
- Robust feature set - provides enterprise class quality features such as 802.1x, SSHv2, Multi-Link Trunking, 802.1Q/p at a cost-effective price.
- Wire-speed throughput - 16 Gigabit per second (Gbps) switch fabric for each switch supports full frame forwarding and filtering across all ports at wire-speed performance.
- High-speed uplink ports - The Nortel Ethernet Switch 325-24G provides two 10/100/1000BASE-T ports in the front of the unit that provides high-speed connections to backbone switches or servers.
NORTEL ETHERNET ROUTING SWITCH 5510-48T
Ethernet Routing Switch 5510-48T is a 48 port 10/100/1000 Mbps Layer 3 routing switch featuring high-speed uplinks, easy configuration and web-based management from a web browser. Designed for the requirements of small to medium-sized businesses and branch offices, it delivers a highly affordable LAN solution that offers high performance, is easy to use, and offers investment protection.
- 48 10/100/1000 ports with 4 SFP (Small Form Factor) uplink ports.
- Wire speed operation.
- Network Management software includes JavaTM Device Manager, CLI (Command Line Interface), and Web-based management.
- Layer 3 routing with static routes and DHCP Relay.
- Advanced features such as MultiLink Trunking, QoS, intelligent services, 802.1x (EAP over LAN) security and SNMP