Out of Router Ports....add a new Router or Switch? (Home Network)

Discussion in 'Linux Networking' started by James McCoughlin, Mar 5, 2004.

  1. Hi All,

    I have a Linksys BEFWS4 Router for a small network (well, not a big office
    network, at least)...however, I am out of LAN ports in the back of the

    --> So, I would have to subdivide port 5 on the router.....do I wire a
    another "Router" into that port and wire the new router's WAN port to the
    current router's Port 5, or do I do that with a new "Switch" instead? ...I'm
    interested more in the best performance instead of price since the price of
    routers aren't too expensive. (unless if there is no difference, then I'll
    take the cheaper option)

    Also, is there any other configuration I'd have to do to the new(or old)
    router other than the basic 10-second config I normally would do for a
    1-router network?

    Thanks so much!
    James McCoughlin, Mar 5, 2004
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  2. James McCoughlin

    CJT Guest

    Use a switch.
    CJT, Mar 5, 2004
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  3. James McCoughlin

    Ken Guest

    Hi JMC -

    Don't use another router; that would be a waste of money and also
    would decrease performance, though probably not noticeably.

    Use a switch (best) or even a hub. The switch will be more expensive
    than a hub but give better performance because it keeps the traffic
    separate which reduces collisions.

    Hubs have no configuration. A switch may or may not have
    configuration capabilities depending on what kind of extended
    capabilities it has. You don't really need any extended capabilities
    so a simple switch that doesn't have/need any configuration would be
    fine for you.
    Ken, Mar 5, 2004
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    Andy Fraser Guest

    I just connected a switch to the back of mine. Works like a charm.
    Andy Fraser, Mar 5, 2004
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