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 Solvedhow to configure two wireless access point so that i can expand my networking area. Forum Need to expand class c network 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 !