I recently purchased a smart switch to extend the wired network. Right now, my network configuration is as follows:
ISP line (fiber/ONT, 1Gpbs) -> WiFi Router (TP-Link Archer C2) -> Smart Switch (TP-Link T1500G-8T)
Wired clients are currently connected only to the switch, at least until i run out of ports, and the Router connects all the wireless clients. I went for a smart switch out of curiosity for the control it can give me while extending my home network. The thing is though, i would much rather have the DHCP run on the switch than the router and have the Archer only authenticate over pppoe and pass the connection to the switch. I don't know how exactly to do this. The only way i can think of this actually working would be to add yet another AP on the switch to handle all the wireless connections instead of the router and limit the router to the authentication like i said before. Then, the switch would be the first device handling the DHCP. Otherwise, i fear the wireless clients will not get IPs from the switch.
Does DHCP server need to be "in front" of clients (or between the clients and the internet) to do the DHCP, or it doesn't really matter where the device running the DHCP server is located inside the network?
Edited by brotakul, 06 December 2018 - 01:46 PM.