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    Buying a New Switch. Thoughts?

    I will be remodeling my basement and, at the same time, re-wiring my house (a rambler, so ethernet cable distance won't be an issue). I'm planning on putting a homerun in the utilities area and am thinking of getting this switch for the whole-house network. I also have a Linksys WRT54GL Newegg.com - Linksys WRT54GL 802.11b/g Wireless Broadband Router up to 54Mbps/ Compatible with Open Source DD-WRT (not pre-load) and would like to keep the wireless capability for my laptop, iPod Touch, and Droid phone.

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    That looks like a good switch for your network. You should be able to run that wireless router with it just fine.

    I run this switch, along with a Linksys WRT wireless in my house:
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    Since the D-Link switch doesn't have DHCP assigning, should I have the Linksys behind the cable modem, then plug the D-Link behind the Linksys?
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    Why not use the Linksys as your switch? How many ports do you need?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gopherpuckfan View Post
    Since the D-Link switch doesn't have DHCP assigning, should I have the Linksys behind the cable modem, then plug the D-Link behind the Linksys?
    Use the Linksys as your router, and run one port to the switch.

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    That's what I would do.




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    Quote Originally Posted by MacLean View Post
    Why not use the Linksys as your switch? How many ports do you need?
    I'm using the Linksys now, but after I re-wire, I'm gong to have LAN jacks in every room of the house and multiple ones on the basement walls. I figure a 24-port switch will be enough. I did a cursory count the other night and I'm looking at having 14-18 ethernet ports throughout the house.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gopherpuckfan View Post
    I'm using the Linksys now, but after I re-wire, I'm gong to have LAN jacks in every room of the house and multiple ones on the basement walls. I figure a 24-port switch will be enough. I did a cursory count the other night and I'm looking at having 14-18 ethernet ports throughout the house.
    You planning on hosting a LAN party?
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    Excellent! Slight port overkill on the switch, but not much less money gets a lot less hardware, nice pick there imo. No complaints here about DLink products. Gbit LAN, with Cat 6, should do nicely well into the future and twisted pair ethernet might surprise us by going faster yet if called upon at that.

    Only suggestion I have is put the switch in the utility area, but consider if the WiFi router is best placed somewhere else. Might be that's the best place for both, or maybe an extra cable would today would bring smiles tomorrow. (without a floor plan I can't know if your utility area is centrally located, or how close it is to where you most use WiFi, and the unique radio characteristics would make a floor plan damn near invalid anyway) I have the same router, and while I like it the performance loss over just a few extra feet makes me wonder if it's using the rule of 16 or some new math. So, put the switch out of sight and the router nearest where you use WiFi and you should be rockin in the IP world.

    Basically, great plan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiGywer View Post
    You planning on hosting a LAN party?
    Nope, just want to be able to move stuff around the house without having to worry about desk placement and hiding wires. I've helped my cousins do this in a few of their houses and it makes it VERY convenient
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    Quote Originally Posted by Odd View Post
    Excellent! Slight port overkill on the switch, but not much less money gets a lot less hardware, nice pick there imo. No complaints here about DLink products. Gbit LAN, with Cat 6, should do nicely well into the future and twisted pair ethernet might surprise us by going faster yet if called upon at that.

    Only suggestion I have is put the switch in the utility area, but consider if the WiFi router is best placed somewhere else. Might be that's the best place for both, or maybe an extra cable would today would bring smiles tomorrow. (without a floor plan I can't know if your utility area is centrally located, or how close it is to where you most use WiFi, and the unique radio characteristics would make a floor plan damn near invalid anyway) I have the same router, and while I like it the performance loss over just a few extra feet makes me wonder if it's using the rule of 16 or some new math. So, put the switch out of sight and the router nearest where you use WiFi and you should be rockin in the IP world.

    Basically, great plan.
    The utility area is in the center of the basement, so it's a great location. I'd probably build a shelf to house the modem, router, and switch. I'll also be getting a Leviton phone/video setup so I can send that to every room, too. Voice/Data/TV Panels > Products from Leviton Connected Home
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