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It is a D-Link. Not to sure what the difference is though. DHCP?.

Edit: Thats the thing though. If I have to buy a new router, I would rather get a switch. Though I am unsure about what the difference is between a router and a switch besides the switch having far more ports... my understanding thus far is a router does far more with the packets then a switch. But, I really don't need all the features of a router. (I never have owned a switch before)
A router is a switch with a built in gateway, which allows you to share your single ip with the other computers in your house via dhcp and nat. A switch just lets you connect multiple computers together in the lan, if you were using a switch you would have to assign ip's manually to each pc in the house.
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post #12 of 19
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It is a D-Link. Not to sure what the difference is though. DHCP?.

Edit: Thats the thing though. If I have to buy a new router, I would rather get a switch. Though I am unsure about what the difference is between a router and a switch besides the switch having far more ports... my understanding thus far is a router does far more with the packets then a switch. But, I really don't need all the features of a router. (I never have owned a switch before)
A switch just connects devices on a single network. A router interconnects networks. If you're running a LAN party then a switch is all you need. If you have more than one computer on your Internet connection, and you actually intend them to get online, a router is pretty much required. (A cable modem is NOT a router, but a DSL modem usually DOES include a router.)
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post #13 of 19
You set up should be:
Modem -> WBR-2310 (WiFI + 4 LAN ports) -> 8-port Switch

That will give you 11 LAN ports.

D-Link is having a sale on a 8-port Gb Switch: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833127082
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What exactly does DD-WRT do then, and what happens without it?.
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post #15 of 19
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What exactly does DD-WRT do then, and what happens without it?.
DD-WRT is just a 3rd party firmware. It works on certain residential gateways (aka "router") and unlocks features.
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Well, I also have a Linksys etherfast router. Model BEFSR41 ver. 3. Would DD-WRT work with this?.
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post #17 of 19
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Well, I also have a Linksys etherfast router. Model BEFSR41 ver. 3. Would DD-WRT work with this?.
http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Supported_Devices


BEFSR41 can't connect multiple computers to the Internet hence it is a switch. DD-WRT is for residential gateways (aka 'routers').
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Really?. It says cable/DSL router with 4-port switch.
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Well it's a router but it's not DD-WRT compatible, unfortunately.
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