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Hey all.

Just after a little advice. I have recently renovated my home and decided to install Cat6 cabling into all the rooms throughout the home. I have also had Virgin Media 156mb internet and I am going to be installing a home media server for all my TV's etc.. to use.

This was the Nas Drive I am looking at http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00CDG2XG8/ref=noref?ie=UTF8&psc=1&s=computers

Where I am lost though is when it comes to routers etc.. I have always just used the router/modem that came with it but now I am needing an 8 point switch/router etc..

What would be a good one to go for, top of the range?
Are they easy to setup/install?
Can you change out the butt ugly Virgin media superhub to an all in one modem/router/switch combo?

Any help in getting this network and what's the best to use etc... is much appriciated.

I am not looking to waste money on uneeded componants but I am also not looking to buy 'cheap jack' items. Basically I dont mind the price if its warrent.

Many thanks.
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I believe the Virgin Media router is setup for fiber... and has four 1 GB ports, and "N" class wireless, correct? You may have trouble finding something that would replace (at least for a reasonable price)

Personally I would just add a good gigabyte class switch... probably an 8 port. That would give you 11 ports in all after hooking the switch to the router. You would probably want an unmanaged switch, unless you have special needs and want to be able to set up VLANs, etc. This would just expand the number of ports you have available... that is all. Do you also have the Virgin phone service? If so, do you need POE ports to power the phones?

Here is a quick search of Amazon UK... with some GB switches. (please don't ask me to pick one, lol. I usually don't buy unmanaged switches. You may find an enterprise switch to be more reliable, but it would also require more knowledge to setup. Most consumer class switches are pretty good anymore... so you shouldn't need to worry about it.)

From what I can find, that Virgin Media device is pretty decent... and I doubt that you could find one as user friendly. (We don't have Virgin here in the US, at least not in Colorado tongue.gif.. so I have not actually "touched" that device personally)

http://www.theproductsite.com/blog/what-router-does-virgin-media-broadband-use/

http://www.choose.net/media/guide/features/best-wireless-router-sky-virgin-bt-hub.html

http://recombu.com/digital/news/virgin-media-detail-new-dual-band-super-hub-wireless-router_M11561.html

Synology makes some pretty good NAS devices, and that one should do nicely for you.

I hope you find this helpful...
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Do you have a graphical representation of your intended topology?
As it stands now you could simply hang some switches off of the LAN ports of the superhub and call it done.

You don't really need a 'top of the range' unmanaged switch, they're all pretty similar.

I have a few of the metal trendnet ones mixed in with my enterprise grade gear and they play well.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/TRENDnet-Unmanaged-Gigabit-GREENnet-TEG-S80g/dp/B001QUA6RA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1395583467&sr=8-1&keywords=trendnet+8-port+switch
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I believe the Virgin Media router is setup for fiber... and has four 1 GB ports, and "N" class wireless, correct? You may have trouble finding something that would replace (at least for a reasonable price)

Personally I would just add a good gigabyte class switch... probably an 8 port. That would give you 11 ports in all after hooking the switch to the router. You would probably want an unmanaged switch, unless you have special needs and want to be able to set up VLANs, etc. This would just expand the number of ports you have available... that is all. Do you also have the Virgin phone service? If so, do you need POE ports to power the phones?

Here is a quick search of Amazon UK... with some GB switches. (please don't ask me to pick one, lol. I usually don't buy unmanaged switches. You may find an enterprise switch to be more reliable, but it would also require more knowledge to setup. Most consumer class switches are pretty good anymore... so you shouldn't need to worry about it.)

From what I can find, that Virgin Media device is pretty decent... and I doubt that you could find one as user friendly. (We don't have Virgin here in the US, at least not in Colorado tongue.gif.. so I have not actually "touched" that device personally)

http://www.theproductsite.com/blog/what-router-does-virgin-media-broadband-use/

http://www.choose.net/media/guide/features/best-wireless-router-sky-virgin-bt-hub.html

http://recombu.com/digital/news/virgin-media-detail-new-dual-band-super-hub-wireless-router_M11561.html

Synology makes some pretty good NAS devices, and that one should do nicely for you.

I hope you find this helpful...

Very helpful thank you.

I dont need the poe ports as the phone service line is split from the internet where it comes into my home.

Great ill either go for that one from synology or I am now considering building my own and using that FreeNAS software.
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Do you have a graphical representation of your intended topology?
As it stands now you could simply hang some switches off of the LAN ports of the superhub and call it done.

You don't really need a 'top of the range' unmanaged switch, they're all pretty similar.

I have a few of the metal trendnet ones mixed in with my enterprise grade gear and they play well.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/TRENDnet-Unmanaged-Gigabit-GREENnet-TEG-S80g/dp/B001QUA6RA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1395583467&sr=8-1&keywords=trendnet+8-port+switch

What do you want a graphical representation of?

yeah i dont mean top of the range as in better than what I need, I just dont paying more for a better product if its warrent. I would choose a trusted name over cheap name anyday, just not clued up on network hardware.
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Very helpful thank you.

I dont need the poe ports as the phone service line is split from the internet where it comes into my home.

Great ill either go for that one from synology or I am now considering building my own and using that FreeNAS software.

FreeNAS is good software.. and can do a great job for you. If you go that route, I would suggest a small SSD for the actual FreeNAS boot software, and whatever you want for the Data drives... just keep them separate. Works really slick that way.
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