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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!

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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

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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)?
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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.
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