Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Caldwell, Idaho
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jr, I don't wish to hijack the topic, but I have a couple of questions regarding networking. My home was "smart wired" meaning I also have a central box in the hall closet with all cable/sat cable, telephone and cat 5 wall connections located here. I have a Motorola Surfboard Model SB5100 modem (CableOne approved) and a D-Link Model DGL-4100 router with ethernet connections to 2 office PC's, 1 TV (Master bedroom) and 1 outlet connection behind entertainment center for gaming console.
1. Since the router is used to connect each of the room Cat 5 outlets, what is the purpose/need for the Gigbit prosafe netgear switch? Isn't this a redundant function of the router?
2. I recently updated much of my audio/video equipment. All now have ethernet connections for firmware updating, video/audio streaming, photo share, etc., however, I only have 1 Cat 5 wall connection. The question is, what device do I use between the 1 Cat 5 wall connection and the 4 ethernet capable audio/video/gaming devices? Currently using the outlet to connect the gaming console.