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Hey guys,

I am in a bit of a dilemma on what to do here. I am trying to get everything hooked up while following a few rules...

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a) I will not be fishing wires. I have already run a Cat6 down to the basement from the router upstairs.

b) The modem and Router either stay on the Top Floor or Bottom Floor

c) I refuse to game on Wireless. However, the Laptops, Ipad, Wii and Ps3 can be wireless since they aren't really utilized except for streaming etc.

Computer 1 is my gaming computer so it needs to stay wired.
Computer 2 can become wireless since it is just an old workstation
Computer 3 AND Xbox360 both need to be wired connection

Everything else I am OK with wireless.

Any suggestions with current setup? I have a long ethernet current routed to the bottom floor along the baseboards, however I have to hotswap it to 360 currently when I want to play it. I would prefer if I could have them both directly connected at the same time.

Things I am looking at is:


Network Splitter
Another Router
Network Switch
Moving Modem+Router into basement and using Wireless on Computer 2

Whatever the option is I would prefer no performance loss vs using the single Ethernet currently.
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Just get a switch (Shouldnt be too expensive) and put it in the bottom floor to break that one Ethernet cord into two.
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Just get a switch (Shouldnt be too expensive) and put it in the bottom floor to break that one Ethernet cord into two.
Yes. A switch would do the job very well, also gives you more options to work with.
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Would a switch degrade performance? Any suggestions on one?

Is it a better option than splitter?

Is it a better option than router?
    
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My Target has the new cisco switch for 17.96 clearance. YMMV, but check it out!

http://www.target.com/Cisco-Linksys-...n&frombrowse=0

It won't matter in such a small network. The only option you have is gigabit, but with an xbox and ps3 there, may as well get a 10/100
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What is a switch vs a router? Sorry just a bit confused they look similar.

I assume a splitter just .5s the connection making it slower?

Just wondering because I stream alot of HD videos to my xbox and don't want it to be slow.

Also I am Canadian target isn't here yet
    
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Basically, a router is a switch that can route traffic between networks. One router is all you need for that network. You shouldn't see any problems with HD video. A switch is designed to carry the same signal, as long as everything, including the computers are all 10/100. Just make sure everything is 10/100 or gigabit.
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http://www.canadacomputers.com/

Anything from there good for performance @ Waterloo inventory
    
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What is a switch vs a router? Sorry just a bit confused they look similar.

I assume a splitter just .5s the connection making it slower?

Just wondering because I stream alot of HD videos to my xbox and don't want it to be slow.

Also I am Canadian target isn't here yet
A switch would not slow your connection unless you are utilizing more than 50% of what ethernet can carry in both wires. As most internet connections aren't that fast...I wouldn't worry about it, you won't see a noticeable difference in speed.

That being said, make sure you get a switch (full duplex) instead of a hub (half duplex) as that could make a noticeable difference when gaming.

Check this one out: http://www.canadacomputers.com/produ...item_id=030487
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