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I am about to buy the needed cable (1000 feet of CAT6a cable) and run my house that I am moving into with a Ethernet jack in each bed room, along with 2 computers at the moment (will get a 3rd in the summer), a Printer, a NAS and a Blue-ray player.

In total I am expecting 8 ports that I will have connected and possibly more if I chose to install additional hardware down the line. (Web connected TV's with Blueray players in the rooms)

I want a router that has 10/100/1000 Ethernet lines and of those the max LAN ports they have is 4. I am thinking that I need to run the 8 ports into a switch and then the switch into a router then to the modem.

Would any one like to help me (school me) on how it would be best to set up my network? after cost of the cable I am looking to stay in a budget of about $250 for the router and switch.

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Keep in mind that copper's max length is ~100 meters

Also, draw out your network planning. If you do that, you will easily spot the "chokepoints".
    
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I'd suggest this router with this switch. This will give you a 1Gbps network and also give you a wireless n network as well (if you want to go wireless for any devices).
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post #4 of 19
i got ethernet jacks in each room too

i have my modem connected to a wireless router and a gigabit switch

+1 on the combo above, cant go wrong with linksys
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Modem -> Router -> 8-port switch (You will have a total of 11 LAN ports).

If your computers are clustered together in specific rooms... you might just get 4-port switches for those rooms and run a single cable from the router to the switch. However, the aggregate bandwidth for that switch will be 1Gb.
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I wont be extending past 75 feet max on a single line. Its a town-house (no 3 million dollar mansion... yet) so I will be good on the lengths. I have drawn out the points and know where the ports will be and the router,modem,switch will need to be located.

it looks like I will need to connect with a cross over cable 1 wire (can i use multiple ports?) from the switch to the router. The routers that have LAN ports all appear to be way out of my budget.

So in terms of networking and integrity of the home network and access to the internet. Would it be advisable to get a 16 port switch, use 4 X-over cables to fill the 4 ports on the router/modem. Or would using a 8 port switch, and using 1 X-over cable from switch to router while utilizing both ports on the router and switch?

Edit: Looks like the main difference between the E2000 and E3000 is the E2000 you select between 2.4 or 5GHz and the E3000 can do both at the same time?
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Originally Posted by Magus2727 View Post
I wont be extending past 75 feet max on a single line. Its a town-house (no 3 million dollar mansion... yet) so I will be good on the lengths. I have drawn out the points and know where the ports will be and the router,modem,switch will need to be located.

it looks like I will need to connect with a cross over cable 1 wire (can i use multiple ports?) from the switch to the router. The routers that have LAN ports all appear to be way out of my budget.

So in terms of networking and integrity of the home network and access to the internet. Would it be advisable to get a 16 port switch, use 4 X-over cables to fill the 4 ports on the router/modem. Or would using a 8 port switch, and using 1 X-over cable from switch to router while utilizing both ports on the router and switch?

I thought you said you had a 250$ budget???

Also, you don't need cross-over cables.

Final thing, like Ducky said, Modem > router > switch. I'd only plug 1 ethernet cable into the the lan port on the router and have that go to the switch, then have all other connections going into the switch, and also having the cable that goes from the modem to the router plugged into the wan port.
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post #8 of 19
you can just use an Ethernet cable between your devices. A crossover is only needed when going from one compute/game console to another. The above combo would suffice. If you are not going more than 75 feet on a cable, then you probably would not need to purchase 1000 feet of cable. I purchased all mine in 50-100 foot increments from monorpice.com and that did well for me.

If you do need multiple connections in one room, say for the living room behind the tv. you could run run one cable to the living room, and then put a switch there to connect the tv, Blueray player, and htpc all at the same time. a Gb connection would be more than enough to stream videos and download stuff to all three. Cisco makes good stuff, they have never done me wrong. I use multiple cisco networking components and have not had any issues. You might even want to look into DD-WRT for some more enhanced networking options that would keep the cost down.
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I would like to stay in that range. The reason why to keep all on the switch (or as many as I can) is because the intranet between the devices on the switch will be 1Gb where any device connected to the router will share with other devices on the router to the 1Gb lain.

So If I go Modem --> Router --> Switch

Have all links going to the 7 available ports on the switch (if possible). 1 port on the switch will go to the LAN on the router. Then another cable will go from the WAN on the router to "Internet" on the modem. These are are Linksys so they should not have any compatibility problems...


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you can just use an Ethernet cable between your devices. A crossover is only needed when going from one compute/game console to another. The above combo would suffice. If you are not going more than 75 feet on a cable, then you probably would not need to purchase 1000 feet of cable. I purchased all mine in 50-100 foot increments from monorpice.com and that did well for me.

If you do need multiple connections in one room, say for the living room behind the tv. you could run run one cable to the living room, and then put a switch there to connect the tv, Blueray player, and htpc all at the same time. a Gb connection would be more than enough to stream videos and download stuff to all three. Cisco makes good stuff, they have never done me wrong. I use multiple cisco networking components and have not had any issues. You might even want to look into DD-WRT for some more enhanced networking options that would keep the cost down.
The reason for the 1000 foot is I have not been able to find CAT6a (shielded) in anything other then 1000 foot boxes. I am also running a HDMI access lines which require 2 lines each. HDMI = 100 feet, rooms = 150 feet (total for both), computers = 100 feet, Mis = 100 feet.

So I will be using about 550 Feet.... Does any one know where you can get CAT6a by the foot?
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post #10 of 19
Also id suggest getting CAT5e cable instead of CAT6.
CAT5e can do gigabit and its more than enough for a home network.
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