With all the new devices coming out to the market and have a few children around the house, I'm finding the need to have 10-12+ wireless connections in my home for various devices which are in use. I'm experiencing devices grabbing other devices IP's and devices being kicked off the home wireless network and requiring the network key to be entered again.
Currently I'm running one 4port wireless netgear router and I believe its time to get a better wireless network running. I've been reading about adding more ports, but I'm unsure and making assumptions about some things. Ideally I would like to have 12 or more wireless ports. I have seen how you can combine wireless routers upstream/downstream (4port and 8port router) to get up to 12 ports, but i would like to just attach a switch, hub or access point to my existing router.
Do they make 16 port switches with wireless access?
Do I need to have a wireless access point connect to a switch and then to my router?
What is the simplest working setup?
I'm seeing all kinds of 8 and 16 port switches, but i'm thinking they are wired switches. Is there a way to use these and a wireless router and still connect to the switch via wireless?
I will continue to search the web for more explanation in the meantime. Thanks in advance for any replies!
That is a wired Ethernet switch, so you probably don't need that. It sounds like your problem is trying to make too many wireless connections to your wireless router -- consumer quality wireless routers handle a fairly limited number of connections.
As Emerald asked, what model are you using? Some routers can handle more wireless clients than others and you might even look at dual band simultaneous routers if some of your devices can connect on the 5GHz band.