DavidT99 Wrote:I have read this many times and still don't understand what you are saying. Can you elaborate?
Say you have:
Computer A => you store all your movies an music here
Computer B => your HTPC you run XBMC on
Computer C => random computer mainly used to surf the internet
You would want to make sure Computer A and B are both connected physically to the same device (the router or the switch) as that is where the most traffic is going to be. Computer C could be on either, as it really wouldn't matter.
The reason it matters, is you only have so much bandwidth between the router and the switch. So if Computer A and B where on opposite devices everything would have to travel through that cable (with limited bandwith). It becomes an issue as you add more computers that need to connect to computer A, and they are all having to go through that connection.
I probably confused you more, but I hope not. If I did let me know, and I'll try again. By the way I am not a network engineer, just a geek, so I could be completely wrong. This is just my understanding.