i recently decided to upgrade my network by replacing the 2 10mbps hubs to 2 10/100 fast ethernet switches. My network spands to my neighbor's house and his other neighbor's house(3 houses, all next to each other). The network was fully operational with the 2 hubs. Now we have replaced the two hubs with two switches, the problem is that computers from one switch cannot see the computers from the other switch. All the leds light up properly including the led corresponding with the cable connecting both switches together. The distance of the cable between the two switches is no more than 50meters. The cable connecting the two switches is a straight through type cable. According to the features list of the switch, all ports are auto MDI/X. I try putting one end into port one (being the uplink) and other end in another port other than port one, and it still doesn't work.One thing that i found odd was, instead of pluggin one end of the cable into the switch i decided to put it into my laptop, checking to see if it would work, theoritically shouldn't it work?, i thought it would, but it didn't. When i connect the two switches using a 1meter long cable, it seems to connect fine, which i find odd, because it's not as if the 50meter wire is messed, because it works fine when i connect it to a hub. I've tried everything, im all out of ideas.
thanks in advance.