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can I plug a switch into a switch?

I want to have my router where my cable comes into my house, and I'll eventually have a server there. it's in my furnace/water heater area. my router is a motorola surfboard style wireless modem that has 1 hard connection.

I want to run that 1 hard line to a switch to send some wired connections throughout my home. 1 of those connections I want to have in my basement living room where I want 2 computers and xbox wired...so can I have a second switch there in the living room for the computers and xbox?

total noob at this stuff

...and what are some good quality affordable switches? and what about managed/unmanaged?
 
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...and by router I meant modem rolleyes.gif
 
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Sure, just try to avoid switching loops.




The metal Trendnets seem to be pretty decent for the price of a cheap unmanaged gig switch.
http://www.amazon.com/TRENDnet-Unmanaged-Gigabit-GREENnet-TEG-S80g/dp/B001QUA6RA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1394825304&sr=8-1&keywords=trendnet+8+port+gigabit
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Sure, just try to avoid switching loops.




The metal Trendnets seem to be pretty decent for the price of a cheap unmanaged gig switch.
http://www.amazon.com/TRENDnet-Unmanaged-Gigabit-GREENnet-TEG-S80g/dp/B001QUA6RA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1394825304&sr=8-1&keywords=trendnet+8+port+gigabit

thanks for the response.

I bought one of these last evening http://www.microcenter.com/product/305449/TEG-S50G_5-Port_Gigabit_GREENnet_Switch , hooked it up this morning to my modem, pc, and xbox360. both pc and xbox had internet access.

reading the literature with the switch however, it says that only 1 device plugged into it would be allowed internet access...is this typical of a switch? if I want every line hooked up to it (or to the 8 port switch I also purchased) to have internet access, should I be looking for a router instead? that's what the literature made it sound like

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What modem do you have? It may have an integrated router portion to it depending on model. Also, some ISP give out multiple WAN addresses.
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What modem do you have? It may have an integrated router portion to it depending on model. Also, some ISP give out multiple WAN addresses.

http://www.motorola.com/us/SBG901-SURFboard%C2%AE-Wireless-Cable-Modem/70286.html

single ethernet port, so I doubt it has router capabilities

my isp is comcast or xfinity or whatever they call themselves

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Sounds good.

I believe the SBG units have an integrated gateway function that functions as a router. It looks like that one also has integrated wireless. Usually the modem-only units only have SB such as the SB6120 I have sitting here.

For quick reference, you could verify by looking at the IP of your PC or device, which should state 192.168.x.x.

Therefore, no problems hanging a bunch of switches and clients off of the inside interface.
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Sounds good.

I believe the SBG units have an integrated gateway function that functions as a router. It looks like that one also has integrated wireless. Usually the modem-only units only have SB such as the SB6120 I have sitting here.

For quick reference, you could verify by looking at the IP of your PC or device, which should state 192.168.x.x.

Therefore, no problems hanging a bunch of switches and clients off of the inside interface.

so, if I understand you, the modem has like an internal digital router? yes it does have wireless

and yes the IP on my laptop (connected to the wireless network) matches what you said...that indicates what? that there is the internal router?

and if all this is correct I can hang switches downstream from the modem wherever and everything should have internet access?

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Yep, it has routing functions.

The 192.168.x.x IP address is part of an 'internal' range of addresses. If you have them currently it means that the modem/router is giving out internal ones and using "Port Address Translation" to share your single external IP with all of your LAN clients.

If the modem didn't have gateway functionality within it, your device would look at the ISP for an address (which usually just gives out one). You wouldn't have an internal network and only one device would be able to get that external address at a time. In this case, the modem/router obtained that one address as an outside address but is sharing it with anything behind it's inside interface (that ethernet port).
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Yep, it has routing functions.

The 192.168.x.x IP address is part of an 'internal' range of addresses. If you have them currently it means that the modem/router is giving out internal ones and using "Port Address Translation" to share your single external IP with all of your LAN clients.

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