Originally Posted by dmusoke
My 4-port Netgear wireless gigabit router(WNDR 3700) is all used up (Oppo, TV, Torus Power Conditioner and Moxi DVR). I can't seem to find 8/12 or 16 port high speed gigabit wireless routers. All i seem to find are just non-wireless plain routers. Anyone know of any good 8-port 1G wireless routers? If not, can i somehow combine an 8-port 1G router switch with my 4-port wireless router with no issues or performance hit? Sorry for the OT...
I don't know what your need is, but it's probably just to have more Internet-enabled devices be able to get to your router via wired connection than the max of 4 ports available with the router itself. For example, in one corner of the room you might have an AVR, BluRay player, Windows Media Center Extender connected to your HTPC, and your "smart TV", all of which need to be able to connect to the Internet. But you only have one Ethernet wall jack in that corner which is connected via Ethernet cable to your router somewhere else in the house. So you want that one wall jack to really be four jacks.
You don't want multiple routers (with each of the additional routers introducing additional firewall/security and impenetrable LAN behind it), with the second router in this corner. What you want is "port multipliers", i.e. "Ethernet switch", like this simple 5-port GS105 gigabit Ethernet switch from Netgear
. You connect that one wall jack to one port of the switch, and then you connect the other four Ethernet-enabled devices to the other four ports of the switch. It's now like you had one dedicated Ethernet wall jack for each of those four devices, but done through the simplicity of a "switch".
With a "switch" there is zero additional firewall/security as part of using the device. So your one-and-only true router still provides the one-and-only hardware firewall and security for your entire home LAN (on the inside of the router). The "switch" only multiples available wired connection ports into your router to more than the four physically available on the router itself.
Through the "switch" you simply "multiply the number of wired ports" available through the router. It's genuinely like you had separate and independent cables running to each device from the router, but through the magic of this switch. One cable to the switch, and multiple cables from switch to other devices. It's like having a second router at the switch location, but with no firewall, no security, and with DHCP IP addresses for all of these four devices still assigned by your one and only primary router, same as would be done for other devices wired-connected to the four ports of your true Netgear router.
Switches come in all sizes (i.e. number of ports), but they all work the identical way. One connection to the switch goes to the router, and the rest of the ports are available for adjacent devices. And they all are seen by the router and get their own IP address assigned, as if individually cabled to the router.Edited by DSperber - 1/29/13 at 1:25am