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Been researching switches for the home but am overwhelmed by the choices. Would like some recommendations on switches and also unmanaged vs managed - which do i need for the home.

Have Comcast Biz class, DIR 625 stock firmware, 5 desktops, 2 laptops, 2 tablets on the home network. 1 pc is still XP.

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Well

I'm a little confused here, are you wanting SMB level kit? I.E the HP Procurve switch or just a small switch for home use?

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I think i just need a switch for home use but that is why i am posting. Do i need anything fancier? What should i be looking at in terms of a switch?
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Well,

I'd just go with an Unmanaged 3COM switch or something... They are pretty reliable, or the blue netgear switches.

You're not going to be using VLAN's so you don't really need a managed switch
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You're not going to be using VLAN's so you don't really need a managed switch

Pretty much this. Even if you bought a managed switch, unless you dropped the extra cash for a layer 3 switch you would still need a layer 3 device to route between subnets. Most home routers don't have a lot of functionality for this (plus it would be very slow for inter-vlan routing).

Usually for a home grade switch you'd just really only be concerned with the interface speed (ie, gigabit vs 10/100).

If you wanted to get a managed switch and advance your networking knowledge down the line you could lump everything into the same VLAN in the interim, effectively setting it up in the same behavior as an unmanaged one would be, with perhaps a few extra features like interface teaming.
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Pretty much this. Even if you bought a managed switch, unless you dropped the extra cash for a layer 3 switch you would still need a layer 3 device to route between subnets. Most home routers don't have a lot of functionality for this (plus it would be very slow for inter-vlan routing).

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If you wanted to get a managed switch and advance your networking knowledge down the line you could lump everything into the same VLAN in the interim, effectively setting it up in the same behavior as an unmanaged one would be, with perhaps a few extra features like interface teaming.

I know this is an old thread, but what if you were to use a Windows Server box as a router?
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I know this is an old thread, but what if you were to use a Windows Server box as a router?

Then god-speed to you. I have never been a fan of RRAS. I'll stick with dedicated appliances. But to each his own.

But for real, what about the Windows server/router aspect are you asking?
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