Expanding Network Tags: Routers Networking Last response: June 7, 2012 4:35 AM in Networking Share spectreone3 June 6, 2012 4:42:28 PM Hello. I currently have a cable modem and a Linksys WNDR3700 wireless router. Between gaming systems, vonage, DirecTV... I have used all available ports on the router. What steps can I take to expand wired access? The wireless is needed as my wife's laptop, my iPad and our printer all access it. Thanks in advance! More about : expanding network Simo606 June 6, 2012 5:39:42 PM A switch is used in cases like this. It splits 1 port from your router into 4+ depending on what switch you get. For it to work properly either: a) Make sure the DHCP server is enable on the router and DHCP is enable on the hosts (not static IP) or b) Assign a static IP address in the same network as router on each host, and specify the default gateway m 0 l spectreone3 June 6, 2012 7:26:01 PM Simo606 said:A switch is used in cases like this. It splits 1 port from your router into 4+ depending on what switch you get. For it to work properly either: a) Make sure the DHCP server is enable on the router and DHCP is enable on the hosts (not static IP) or b) Assign a static IP address in the same network as router on each host, and specify the default gateway Thanks. So in my configuration it would be the Modem-->Router-->Switch (connected to one of the available LAN ports on the Router)? m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer Simo606 June 7, 2012 4:35:04 AM Yea the switch plugs into only 1 port on the router, so you still have all the remaining router ports free + the extra ports on the switch. Also make sure it's a switch with 'gigabit Ethernet ports' since your router has them also it will provide better performance over 100BASE. m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources SolvedExpanding wired network Internet Forum SolvedExpanding a network (one house to another) Forum SolvedExpanding Network Coverage Forum Improving/Expanding Wireless Home Network Forum Expanding/improving wireless network? Forum Expanding network beyond public folders Forum Expanding Network Size Forum Creating a dedicated gaming server, and expanding a home network. Forum Expanding my Home Network Forum Expanding Wireless G Network Forum Some pre-questions on expanding network. Forum Expanding Home Network need help Forum We're expanding our network. Advice please... Forum SolvedNeed to expand range of IPs on network Forum How to connect a second router to expand network? Forum Looking to expand wfi network Forum Need to expand class c network Forum Solvedhow to configure two wireless access point so that i can expand my networking area. Forum Help to expand wireless network range. Forum Expanded Network Forum More resources Read discussions in other Networking categories Routers Gateways VPN LAN WAN Firewalls Cisco Netgear !