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Hey, hope I'm in the right place and this isn't too n00b guys!

I have 4 rooms in my house each one has an ethernet wall socket, I haven't moved in yet as I still have some work to do but I want to tackle this problem before I do.

Each ethernet wall socket is branching from a 4 socket hub downstairs, the plan is to get a 'Switch' to connect all four branches together creating my network and having 4 desktop PC's able to transfer data quickly all being connected via the switch.

Here comes my problem, what 'Switch' do I get? and I do eventually want wireless when I have an ISP, I would like to hook the wireless router to my switch to give internet to all 4 desktop PC's. How do I do this and with what hardware?

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post #2 of 6
Any gigabit switch will do. Most of the unmanaged ones are pretty similar and don't really offer anything above the others. I like the TRENDnet ones since they come in a metal case. /shrug.

One thing you could do is simply get a wireless router from the get go. The majority come with 4x LAN ports. You can connect wireless clients on top of that. As consumer grade routers are a router, switch and wireless AP in 1, you would essentially have a switched environment anyway, and would not need to purchase an external switch with only 4 wired devices.
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What wireless router would you recommend? I want something extremely reliable, I've always had to 'reset' my wireless routers just to get them up and running again, I don't want my LAN going rubbish or needing a 'reset'.

What's the perfect network?? because I want one.
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post #4 of 6
If you don't 'need' wireless then don't use it. It's nothing more then modern day token ring. Especially if you have pre-wired Ethernet in every room!
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Even if your not using wireless right now i would still opt for a wireless router anyway. Incase friends come over with lappys or something like that.

As beers already stated ditch the switch as the router has that bilt in anyway.
These two routers come to mind and have everything you'll need and they are flashable with dd-wrt for even more control and options.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833122334

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833320038
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A little pricier then the above recommendations but a much much better router overall.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833320038

Also compatible with both Tomato and DD-WRT if your into getting it hacked. It also has 2 usb port for file sharing and printer sharing and has a lot more ram and CPU power to handle big loads.
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