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I recently moved into a home that was pre-wired. It has 8 nodes so I need at least 9 ports. I don't know whether I need a router or a switch though. I have a 4 port router already (2 of them actually). Looking for some advice as I am not sure where to start. I know that a router can allow multiple PC's to connect to the WAN whereas a switch has to have a PC with two network adapters be the gateway (server?).
 
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If you want your whole network to be 1000Mbs it all depends on the routers you have and network cards on your computers/devices.

If one of the routers you has 1000Mbs LAN ports you can get a 5 port 1000Mbs switch. Then plug the switch into one of the router LAN ports and then connect the data ports throughout your home to the LAN ports on the router/switch.

If your routers do not have 1000Mbs LAN ports you can get a 12-16port 1000Mbs switch. Plug the switch into the router and then all the data ports throughout your home into the switch. This should not effect your internet speeds as I highly doubt you have 100Mbs down/up to your ISP. This will allow for moving of big files quicker across your network as all the ports are 1000Mbs, provided all your computers/devices have 1000Mbs network cards.
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All the PC's are 1000Mbps capable and I am pretty sure the router I have is 1000Mbps capable, will have to check though.
 
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Then all you would need would be a 1000Mbs switch so that you can connect all the data ports and be networked together.

Biggest thing when setting it up.

Cable/DSL modem -> Router -> switch

Plug the modem into the WAN port of the router, and then the switch into a LAN port of the router. Then use the remaining ports on the router and switch to connect the data ports from your house.
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Router is 100Mbps unfortunately.

Edit: I guess my question is which router and which switch to get then.

I've been looking on newegg and reading the reviews but who knows who wrote them, I would love some suggestions.

I am going to have to get a router and a switch (seems like a 4-port router and 5-port switch).
 
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Router is 100Mbps unfortunately.

Edit: I guess my question is which router and which switch to get then.

I've been looking on newegg and reading the reviews but who knows who wrote them, I would love some suggestions.

I am going to have to get a router and a switch (seems like a 4-port router and 5-port switch).
Even if your router is 100Mbs you can still have a 1000Mbs network (except for the internet connection) Just get a 1000Mbs switch that has 16 ports on it. Even though your router is 100Mbs you will not reach that speed with your internet at home most likely. Most home connections have a 10Mbs/1 15Mbs/2 etc connections. Fios I believe can be something in the range of 45Mbs/45Mbs. But non surpass the 100Mbs speed. So your devices wont notice any speed difference in your internet connection between a 1000Mbs router and 100Mbs router.

A 16 port GigE (1000Mbs) switch will run a little over $100.00 which would be a cheaper solution than purchasing a new GigE router w/ GigE 8 Port switch.


If you do want to get a new router look at the Asus RT-N16. It is a beast of a router w/ a/b/g/n wireless with usb ports it can act as a print server as well as connecting usb storage to it. The stock firmware leaves much to be desired but flashing DD-WRT is easy make the router a beast. I just put this router in place at my house tonight as the wireless on my old router crapped out on me. This is a router that is sub $100
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Even if your router is 100Mbs you can still have a 1000Mbs network (except for the internet connection) Just get a 1000Mbs switch that has 16 ports on it. Even though your router is 100Mbs you will not reach that speed with your internet at home most likely. Most home connections have a 10Mbs/1 15Mbs/2 etc connections. Fios I believe can be something in the range of 45Mbs/45Mbs. But non surpass the 100Mbs speed. So your devices wont notice any speed difference in your internet connection between a 1000Mbs router and 100Mbs router.

A 16 port GigE (1000Mbs) switch will run a little over $100.00 which would be a cheaper solution than purchasing a new GigE router w/ GigE 8 Port switch.


If you do want to get a new router look at the Asus RT-N16. It is a beast of a router w/ a/b/g/n wireless with usb ports it can act as a print server as well as connecting usb storage to it. The stock firmware leaves much to be desired but flashing DD-WRT is easy make the router a beast. I just put this router in place at my house tonight as the wireless on my old router crapped out on me. This is a router that is sub $100
Yeah, I may do that, just get the switch since I have the router.

On the other hand. I don't have it yet (but may get it soon) 60Mb/s / 25Mb/s connection. And they are supposed to roll out with 100Mb/s / 50Mb/s either late this year or early next year, as well as switch over to IP based television. I have Eatel FiberEdge. But still, a 100Mb/s router should still cover me.

So which 9-port switch should I get? Does it matter the standards or if it is unmanaged or managed, etc.?
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Most people at home dont need a managed switch. I would go unmanaged and then get something along the lines of this.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833156293
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Just wanted to add one thing:

You said your house was wired, did you mean that you confirmed that your house is wired with cat6 cable (gigabit standard). Most houses would not be wired with cable unless they were built quite recently. No matter what speed your router/switch/adapter are capable of, the cable will be a physical limitation and running new cable (especially to that many spots) can be extremely expensive (if you do it yourself it's still pretty expensive).

Most houses would likely have cat5 cable, which is limited to 100Mbs
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