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ok so me and about 10 friends get together every quarter for a LAN, were all pretty tired of the lag and problems we've had with wireless connections to the internet the speed is usually about 10mbps down 1-2mbps up (thats comming in) and with more and more of us being on we are really seeing problems, I've heard people say that this should be enough for us to play with out problems (many of the games we play...like Dota2 are hosted on a server that we dont control and even though we're all LOCAL we have to have the internet connection to maintain the connection to the server)

but sometimes even connections for a game that has true LAN (local host) lags pretty bad...I'm usually host (sig rig) but last time I even tried used a dedicated server and we had problems, especially with Savage 2

so my question is what exactly is a switch... compared to a router

and will this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833181152&nm_mc=AFC-C8JUNCTION&cm_mmc=AFC-C8JUNCTION-_-EMC-113012-Latest-_-Switches-_-33181152-L013C&PID=1225267&SID=OKvEUjhwEeK1soqOGUSK0gu8C6_MWGJ3_0_0_0&AID=10440897


help us out?

right now we can all connect to the same gigabit router as the most we have is a 4 port
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A router is a switch with routing capabilities.

If you run a switch without a router you will need to either manually assign each connected PC a IP address (ensuring that no 2 PC have the same IP) or have a DHCP server (either dedicated or on one of the client PCs).
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A router is a switch with routing capabilities.
If you run a switch without a router you will need to either manually assign each connected PC a IP address (ensuring that no 2 PC have the same IP) or have a DHCP server (either dedicated or on one of the client PCs).

so could I hook up a router to that switch and it work? also would that help cut down on the lag?
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all you need is a switch hanging of your router, that will allow all your mates to connect wired for you LAN games thus no wireless lag and collisions.

as to you all connecting to a outside server nothing will fix that other than a faster internet connection.
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all you need is a switch hanging of your router, that will allow all your mates to connect wired for you LAN games thus no wireless lag and collisions.
as to you all connecting to a outside server nothing will fix that other than a faster internet connection.

does it matter which port I plug the router into the switch?
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all you need is a switch hanging of your router, that will allow all your mates to connect wired for you LAN games thus no wireless lag and collisions.
as to you all connecting to a outside server nothing will fix that other than a faster internet connection.

does it matter which port I plug the router into the switch?

No, i would just use the first one on the switch and a spare one on the router.
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You'd probably have a lot less cable clutter if you got two 8-port switches and positioned them on opposite sides of the room. If you try to plug everybody in the room into one centrally located 16-port switch it will end up looking like an octopus with tentacles all over the room. I use a Trendnet TEG-S80G gigabit switch that I got for $19.99 at Microcenter. It's $31.99 at Amazon right now but it goes on sale pretty frequently. Even at that price buying two would be cheaper than the $80 switch you linked to.

http://www.amazon.com/TRENDnet-Unmanaged-GREENnet-Standard-1000Mbps/dp/B001QUA6RA
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You'd probably have a lot less cable clutter if you got two 8-port switches and positioned them on opposite sides of the room. If you try to plug everybody in the room into one centrally located 16-port switch it will end up looking like an octopus with tentacles all over the room. I use a Trendnet TEG-S80G gigabit switch that I got for $19.99 at Microcenter. It's $31.99 at Amazon right now but it goes on sale pretty frequently. Even at that price buying two would be cheaper than the $80 switch you linked to.
http://www.amazon.com/TRENDnet-Unmanaged-GREENnet-Standard-1000Mbps/dp/B001QUA6RA

Im running that exact same switch for my home network and i'm pushing

xbox 360, ps3, hd homerun tuner, media server pc, master bedroom pc, kids room pc, uverse modem / router, dlink router, 2 more desktops and a ooma voip box. all running thru it without any issues and everything has been running solid.
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Im running that exact same switch for my home network and i'm pushing
xbox 360, ps3, hd homerun tuner, media server pc, master bedroom pc, kids room pc, uverse modem / router, dlink router, 2 more desktops and a ooma voip box. all running thru it without any issues and everything has been running solid.

I like mine too. It was a good buy for $20.
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You'd probably have a lot less cable clutter if you got two 8-port switches and positioned them on opposite sides of the room. If you try to plug everybody in the room into one centrally located 16-port switch it will end up looking like an octopus with tentacles all over the room. I use a Trendnet TEG-S80G gigabit switch that I got for $19.99 at Microcenter. It's $31.99 at Amazon right now but it goes on sale pretty frequently. Even at that price buying two would be cheaper than the $80 switch you linked to.
http://www.amazon.com/TRENDnet-Unmanaged-GREENnet-Standard-1000Mbps/dp/B001QUA6RA

would I only have to connect one of those into the router then connect the one to the other? (right now Newegg has the one I linked on sale for 59.99)

edit:

would 2 of these work...what specifically am I looking for...managed...unmanaged? the the only thing I know is that I want gigabit other than that I'm in the dark.
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