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Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by Buck Turgidson, Sep 29, 2007.

  1. I have a 4 port Linksys router. Although it is probably 5 or 6 years old,
    it still works great. I need more ports in the the house, and don't want to
    go wireless.

    Can I buy an 8 or 12 port switch, and connect it to the router?

    If I do, will I still be at 100mpbs, or will I drop down to 10mpbs if I use
    a switch?

    Can I just run one wire from the router to the switch, and then have all my
    connections go from the switch to the various wall outlets in the house?
    I have a mess already, so I'd like to keep it fairly organized.

    Thanks for any advice.
     
  2. Guest

    Yes, just plug the switch into the router and everything should work.
    Switched traffic always runs at full speed on each port so you'll have
    100 mbit available.
     
  3. JANA

    JANA Guest

    Get a switch, and plug it in to one of the spare ports. Now you can fan out
    from the switch. It should work very well.

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    JANA
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    I have a 4 port Linksys router. Although it is probably 5 or 6 years old,
    it still works great. I need more ports in the the house, and don't want to
    go wireless.

    Can I buy an 8 or 12 port switch, and connect it to the router?

    If I do, will I still be at 100mpbs, or will I drop down to 10mpbs if I use
    a switch?

    Can I just run one wire from the router to the switch, and then have all my
    connections go from the switch to the various wall outlets in the house?
    I have a mess already, so I'd like to keep it fairly organized.

    Thanks for any advice.
     
  4. alain8550

    alain8550

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    Sep 30, 2007
    Be sure that you buy a switch not a hub
     
  5. Derwin

    Derwin Guest

    As long as you buy a switch capable of 100mpbs, which all current models are
    capable of. If I were you I'd buy a gigabit (1000mbps) switch so that you are
    ready for future expansion, rather than investing in old technology. If you
    replace the router with a gigabit router you might end up with a much faster
    network, but keep in mind that PCI is still a bottleneck for gigabit ethernet,
    so to get the full speed you'll need a motherboard with built-in gigabit
    ethernet (dont even consider usb).
    Yes, and a switch is much better than a hub, because hubs are stupid, switches
    are smart (hubs send all packets on all ports, leaving it to the devices
    connected to the ports to reject packets with wrong addresses. Switches, on
    the other hand, only send packets to the port with the device with the correct
    address attatched to it). In other words, far fewer collisions occur with
    switches than with hubs, thus, faster, more reliable connections. Routers are
    usually hub topology, not switches, or at least, they were up until recently,
    and I suspect many still are. So taking a single line out of your router to a
    switch and then splitting off the switch to your networked devices is actually
    a much better network topology than if you were to run all your devices off the
    router's ports.
     
  6. John

    John Guest

    16 ports for $30US plus shipping:
    http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=CX-S3016M&cat=NET

    John
     
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