I've looked far and wide for an answer and haven't been lucky, tho' something tells me the solution isn't optimal:
Can a router connect to a switch to gain additional ports? Here's the scenario...
IP line to house, connected to modem, connected to 4-port router, connected to 8-port switch.
Now, each of six rooms in my house has one Cat-5e (RJ-45) jack whose run terminates to the switch. In some of these rooms, I need two wired devices (wireless isn't an option for the devices). Can I use a router to plug into the jack and increase the number of ports in that room to have a functional LAN and WAN? I have read tons of info on plugging switches into routers to increase the number of ports, but not the other way around. Plus, ripping open walls to expand the network isn't feasible either. My worry, which is unfounded, is that would such a connection cause a bottleneck in that location since data is being sent to and from multiple devices via one port on a switch?
My other thought, would be to replace the switch with another router, and have the runs terminate to both routers and then expand the ports in those rooms using additional routers (On a side note, the additional routers in the rooms would be wireless so that I can also expand wi-fi throughout the house for cell phones, etc).
As you can see, the difference between both "thoughts" is the purchase of an additional router (to replace the switch). So, I would like to save money (and time) initially, if possible.
I guess the bottom line here is how does one increase wired ports in one location while maintaining the integrity of the network?
Ideas and thoughts would be greatly appreciated!!
Edited by howster1, 08 August 2012 - 11:08 PM.