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Hey guys,

I have a cat6 running from my router to my games room. I can only route 1 cable down there and I was wondering what would be better in terms of speed.

Modem > Router > Router > Xbox > PC
Modem > Router > Switch > Xbox > PC

The routers would be Dlink DIR 615 and Dlink DIR 655

The switch is a DLINK 1008GS
    
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The last thing you want is another router in your network. Only one router per network unless you configure them properly, ie. configure the router to act as a switch. Anyways, you need a switch.
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Try both? Can't see them being too different, then again I'm no expert on this matter.
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Use the switch, it is the easiest solution.
If you use the router you will have to turn off DHCP and set a static IP, which while easy, can cause problems down the road if the router is reset and the DHCP turns itself back on.
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The only advantage of Modem -> Router -> Router would be if you needed another wireless AP near where you wanted to connect your junk.

Simply using the LAN ports on a router is actually just a switch in itself.
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Switches will be better. Having another router adds another level of difficulty since you have to set it up in bridging mode, which essentially turns a router into a switch
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