Posted 13 August 2011 - 11:46 AM
I am curios as to the correct way to configure (setup) the hardware for a home network. I have a wireless router with 4 ports for wired connections and will be adding at least 3 more wired connections with a total of 7 wired connections. We will also keep wireless connectivity for our laptops and phones. What I donít know is exactly what would be the best way to expand the number of wired connection ports and keep the wireless access also. I have checked and have gotten a couple of ideas.
1. A wireless router with 8 ports
2. Purchase a multi port switch to use with the router. But would I connect the router behind the switch and plug the wired devices into the switch and use the router for wireless connections or connect the switch behind the router and plug wired connections into the router and/or switch?
3. Do I have any other options?
I know the 8 port router would probably be the easiest, but it doesnít seem like there are many choices to choose from.
We use a WISP running normally at 1.1 meg DL, and .7 to .5 UL speeds. With all the devices connected are we loading the service to the point of slowing it down?
Connected by wire are 2 desktops, 1 security DVR, and network printer. Wirelessly connected are 3 satellite TV DVRís, plus a laptop. Sometimes a second laptop and phone are connected
I could really use some help or suggestions.