Right now I have a wireless N router with gigabit (trendnet tew-639) on the first floor and a home theater in the basement. The basement system has an Onkyo (tr-nx609) hardwired and a bluray and smart tv that use the wireless n. I want to add a gigabit switch in the basement and then hardwire the receiver, bluray, and TV. In the future I plan on adding a NAS and likely an android based media device (one of those crappy ones that doesn't support everything as a starting point). I really don't like the idea of using a wireless connection for non mobile devices. Every time a youtube video buffers I have to ask myself if it's the source, my isp, network congestion, poor wireless N signal, too many wireless devices on the router at once....
If I simply connect a gigabit switch in the basement through one of the ports on the upstairs router will all of my devices have the ability to access the internet as well as communicate with the NAS and wireless devices such as shared media on my laptop?
Would it make a difference if the NAS went on the upstairs router or the switch in the basement where the streaming devices will be? TV, bluray, and receiver all support dlna streaming from network devices. Crappy android streamer will move to the upstairs non smart tv if I decide to build a dedicated HTPC in the future.
Not sure if this is the most appropriate forum to ask this but I know you cant set up a HTPC without knowing how to set up a network.