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Ok guys, need a little help here. I am going to get a switch to replace my router thats dying and to upgrade from it, since I need moar ports. Was looking at a Trendnet 8 port Gigabit. Now my question about switches... can you have an unmanaged switch and be able to have the binded lines?

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Ok guys, need a little help here. I am going to get a switch to replace my router thats dying and to upgrade from it, since I need moar ports. Was looking at a Trendnet 8 port Gigabit. Now my question about switches... can you have an unmanaged switch and be able to have the binded lines?

thanks
You are going to need a router to assign IP addresses in your network. A switch does not do that. Whats your budget? If you can afford it I would get this.

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You are going to need a router to assign IP addresses in your network. A switch does not do that. Whats your budget? If you can afford it I would get this.

Amazon.com: Cisco-Linksys E3000 High-Performance Wireless-N Router: Electronics
I know you have to have a router or a gateway between the modem and switch... but I need to have more then 4 ports... I just need to know if I need a managed switch so I can do the binded lines...
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What are you talking about?

Teaming from your computer to the switch...doesn't matter. Managed or unmanaged will do.

Trunking...depends on your situation, if using VLANs yes...but I will assume teaming and even then what are you teaming?
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I'm assuming 'binded lines' means dual WAN.
That would be on the router level and independent of the switch.

Keep in mind if you plan on straight up replacing a routing device with a switch, only one of your devices will have internet access at a time.
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What I was thinking of doing was Modem > Gateway (pfsense has routing capabilities) > Switch > Devices

As far as teaming/binded, etc, I just want to do that for my server to max out the throughput on my lan. Im not doing dual Wan. I just didnt know if you could do that with an unmanaged switch or not.

whats the difference between trunking and teaming?
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Teaming = Multiple NIC/Connections to a host
Trunking = Combining multiple networks/entities over a single link.

An example of trunking would be from a managed switch implementing multiple VLANs with one uplink to the router. All VLANs will share this uplink as their gateway.

A managed gigabit switch is going to be a lot more costly than it's unmanaged counterpart. Is there anything specifically that 1x gigabit isn't fast enough for?
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