I have a router (10/100) connected to switch #1 (8 port 10/100) to switch #2 (24 port 10/100) with 16 devices connected to switch #2 via patch panel. Can I (should I) connect Uplink port on switch #2 to a standard port on switch #1 and connect Uplink port on switch #1 to a standart port on switch #2? Then connect standard port on switch #1 to router. Would this give me 2 pathes between switches? The reason is I have a network hard drive connected to switch #1 and want 2 or more devices running backups to the network hard drive at the same time. I am thinking about upgrading switch #1 to a 1 gig switch but I don't think that will help throughput if the backups all passthrough switch # 2.
If my swithces do not have Uplink ports, can I connect 2 (or more) unused ports connected to unused ports on the other switch to establish multiple pathes?