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The switch that you referenced should work. Since you have a single 24-port switch, your network configuration probably isn't too complex, so it shouldn't require a managed switch.
Pat Immel:Could I possibly take 1 line from the existing switch into the unpowered side then run everything out of the powered side?
Yes- that should work. You may not even need to configure the switch at all- it might work without any problems right out of the box.
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That switch is a bit over-the-top for a lighting network - it'll work fine but it's much faster than you need, as none of the ETCNet2 nodes or Net3 Gateways are gigabit.
The baby brother of that switch is probably a better choice - we use the Netgear FS108P or the larger FS116P (16 ports) in some small systems.
More PoE ports are much more useful than a higher maximum speed - it's a good idea to get a few spare ports for future expansion as you never know when you might want to add that little something.
The key difference between a Managed and Unmanaged switch is that a Managed switch will always need to be configured.- So most of the time you want an Unmanaged switch to save you the bother.
The times you want a managed switch is when you're doing something 'clever' - for example, a shared Lighting, Video and Audio (redundant and/or fibre optic) "backbone" between FoH and the stage.It doesn't sound like you've got a network like that.
When connecting it up, yes you can just connect one link between the two switches.- The important thing is to ensure there are no "loops" - so make certain there's never more than one way for data to go between the switches. (With only two switches this is dead easy to check!)
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