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Quick home network wiring question
SO I have just purchased a gigabit 8 port switch that I am going to put near my av rack in the basement right beside my modem. I currently use my airport extreme as the hub, and want to pull all lines from it and use the switch instead. My question is, I will have one wire coming from the modem to the switch where all my av equipment will be hooked up directly to the switch, as well as a NAS that I plan to purchase. The last connection will still be a single cat6 to the airport extreme to do my wireless. Is there any negative to doing it this way? Will everything still talk to each other correctly? Or should I have a single wire direct from modem to airport like I have now, and the wire the switch in on the other side of the airport extreme?
My thoughts lead me to believe the former would work better, but I have never used a switch before, and having the airport being just another "peripheral" on the switch I don't know if everything will still talk to each other wirelessly this way. For example, I want to control volume via an iphone app on my AVR, the request hits the router wirelessly, travels 'wired' to the switch, where the switch knows what to do with it and gets it to the AVR via its wired connection, right?