Jump to content


 


Register a free account to unlock additional features at BleepingComputer.com
Welcome to BleepingComputer, a free community where people like yourself come together to discuss and learn how to use their computers. Using the site is easy and fun. As a guest, you can browse and view the various discussions in the forums, but can not create a new topic or reply to an existing one unless you are logged in. Other benefits of registering an account are subscribing to topics and forums, creating a blog, and having no ads shown anywhere on the site.


Click here to Register a free account now! or read our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.

Photo

NEED INFO ABOUT ADDING A SWITCH


  • Please log in to reply
2 replies to this topic

#1 jfruch1

jfruch1

  • Members
  • 104 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:Hernando County, FL
  • Local time:06:38 PM

Posted 07 August 2018 - 07:41 AM

Looking to add a switch to my home network to add ethernet ports. My ISP modem/router has 4 ports but I need more. I'm looking to add a switch but some of the info I've picked up online says that every device in the network must be plugged into it. Kind of defeats the purpose of adding 8 ports if I have to leave two unused on the modem/router. What I was hoping I could do was to leave my daughter's computer and our bedroom Roku plugged into the modem/router. the  Cat 6 cable from my computer (25 feet from m/r) would get plugged into port 1 of the switch, then I could get a short cat 6 cable to plug my computer into the switch along with running a  cat 6 cable to the living room Roku. I'd still have plenty of extra ports for future use.  The switch I'm considering buying:

TP-Link TL-SG1008D 8-Port Unmanaged Gigabit Network Switch

 

Attached File  switch.JPG   50.74KB   0 downloads


Edited by jfruch1, 07 August 2018 - 07:43 AM.


BC AdBot (Login to Remove)

 


#2 mikey11

mikey11

  • Members
  • 1,510 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Psychiatric Ward @ Beelitz-Heilstatten Hospital, Beelitz, Germany
  • Local time:12:38 AM

Posted 07 August 2018 - 07:47 AM

What I was hoping I could do was to leave my daughter's computer and our bedroom Roku plugged into the modem/router. the  Cat 6 cable from my computer (25 feet from m/r) would get plugged into port 1 of the switch, then I could get a short cat 6 cable to plug my computer into the switch along with running a  cat 6 cable to the living room Roku.

 

 

yes that should work



#3 Orecomm

Orecomm

  • Members
  • 266 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Roseburg, Oregon
  • Local time:03:38 PM

Posted 11 August 2018 - 11:47 PM

The need to plug all of your devices into one switch is wishful thinking on the part of the switch vendor. There are limits - technically you shouldn't link more than six switches in a row (like Christmas lights) but that's not usually a problem in residential. The only thing to be really careful about is that you don't build a loop. Most home level switched either don't have, or don't turn on by default, Spanning Tree or other loop-breaking technology. If you do end up with a loop you'll find your performance tanks very rapidly as all the bits on the wire can't find a place to get off (actually a bit more complex, dealing with broadcasts and packet flooding, but that's the gist of it.)






0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users