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So I just moved into my dorm at college and as one of the few techno savy people here (and I do enjoy it) I am gonna be the one of the people helping out with LAN parties.

So I have a question, should one use straight up switches? Or should it be constructed as a gigabit router connected to non cascading switches?

Or should it be a router connected to a core switch which is then connected to the table switches for each computer system.
    
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I would setup a router to a core switch then connect table switches. ( what I used to do for our lans at college ).

How many lan attendees will there be?
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All you really need is a switched environment and DHCP service.
I would look into a reasonable 16/24/48 port gigabit unmanaged switch for this purpose depending on how large your LANs are going to be. Also a box of CAT5e with jacks and a crimper becomes invaluable.

If you also need internet connectivity for your LAN, it may be worth picking up any generic router. This would provide DHCP to your LAN clients and NAT everyone behind a singular WAN IP address with regards to internet connectivity.
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This probably wont be a huge lan party, just between a half dozen or so XBOX's, I mainly made this thread in case the party grows in number of XBOX's so I know what to do if I need more then just a single router and switch.
    
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