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Another router or a hub?

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Anyway, I have:

1) Comcast Business Class with an SMC Networks modem - 4 LAN ports (only using 1 port now)

2) D-Link DGL-4100 4-Port GamerLounge Broadband Gigabit Gaming Router

Problem: I am out of ports on my 4-port router and need a "few" more.

Question: Should I put my printer, a 3rd computer, my AV surveillance, etc. through another router (since I have the available port (3 more LAN ports available) or should I add a hub to my existing Gamer Lounge D-Link router? (not interested in wireless)

I have a Netgear hub but it is older than most of the members of this forum, so I don't wish to use it.

Why am I even asking this question? Well, I already had the most highly recommended modem for Comcast internet. Even one of the "knowledgeable" Comcast tech reps recommended it for Business Class as well. Problem is it would not work when I upgraded from Peon Class to Business Class, so I had to lease a proprietary modem from Comcast.

That makes me somewhat concerned as to how to add ports without screwing up my Comcast SMC Networks modem.

Additional, and unsolicited, information: Those of you who actually believe we have "Broadband" in the U.S. are sadly mistaken. Internet in the U.S. is almost as slow as the U.S. Mail. And, No, Comcast is not a monopoly. It's just the only ISP available. mad.gif

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Edit: It appears that I'm still living in the past - ah, like about 15 years ago. What I believe should be the choice would be switch vs router. Why?
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Switches work the same way as hubs, but they can identify the intended destination of the information that they receive, so they send that information to only the computers that are supposed to receive it. Switches can send and receive information at the same time, so they can send information faster than hubs can.

Edited by incurablegeek - 1/14/13 at 5:51pm
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You want a switch, not a hub. Put the switch to one of the ports on the router then plug into the switch is what I would do.
Edited by Tadaen Sylvermane - 1/14/13 at 3:59pm
 
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Been doing my homework like a demon. Things really have changed since the 90's. Yes, I know. That's pretty obvious.

Well, after doing tons of reading and finding out that I wanted more than an unmanaged switch but less control than I would receive with a fully managed (and really expensive) switch, I decided on:

Netgear ProSafe Plus Switch, 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet (GS108E) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833122397

Did I make the best choice here - or should I have considered another switch?
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