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Hi All,
Ok, My 4 port ADSL router gave away and i found a 1 port TP Link modem router lying around and configured it. I have two computers and a NAS. Now, do i need an additional router (4/8 port) to plug these devices in or will a switch be enough?

Modem Router > 8 port router > Computers and NAS

Or

Modem Router > 8 port switch > Computers and NAS

I don't know if im doing it right but i have a Prolink 8 port switch and i installed it accordingly (Modem router > Switch > Computers) and they work just fine. I didn't have to configure IP addresses on any of the devices. I thought only routers provided DHCP services.

Any explanation ?

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If it's as you have stated, an integrated 'modem router', then you should only need a switch. A router mainly performs three functions in a consumer environment:
  1. Port address translation
  2. DHCP
  3. Packet routing

A basic switch does not provide these necessary services for the vast majority of residential implementations. It sounds like the routing capabilities are being handled by your integrated modem/router device.
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Oh i see, Thanks for the explanation beers Yes it is a 1 port modem router which is plugged into the switch and the computers and NAS to the switch.
    
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A switch is all you need. If you really want to understand the functions of a switch vs a router do some research on level 3 (router) and level 2 (switch) of the OSI network model.
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