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Old 09-23-2012, 06:39 PM   #1
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I have a standard 4 port router with my personal home phone & broadband package, with Talk Talk. I have installed all 7 cables to enable connections in other rooms. What do I need to buy to make the network work, presumably a router with many more ports? Current router has all 4 ports used so one which can accommodate 11 or more? Or does this then fall into a different type of router?

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Old 09-23-2012, 09:39 PM   #2
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You want a switch. Connect the switch to the router and plug other devices into the available ports on the switch.
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Old 09-24-2012, 05:01 AM   #3
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Thanks Chris, what sort of switch am I searching for, ie. presumably a recommended model/brand?
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Old 09-24-2012, 06:27 AM   #4
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...see what you mean now, something like this: 8 Port 10/100Mbps RJ45 Network Ethernet Lan Xbox Switch Router Hub Power Adapter | eBay

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If I'm using 4 ports at the mo and need an additional 7, is this ok, ie. I use 8 from this and the rest from my existing router or do I need all 11 from the new switch, in which case I need a 12 port?

How do both connect to each other, by port to port socket as this will use 2 ports?
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Yes that should work. You can use any ports on the switch or the router they will be on the same subnet so the devices will be able to communicate regardless of where you plug the in.
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:35 PM   #6
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Silly question, but I have a couple of 4 port routers from previous contracts... would these both work if both connected to make an 8 port extension?
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Technically yes. You would have to put both routers on the same subnet as the first and disable dhcp on both. You would only be able to use the lan side ports.

In my opinion it is much easier just to set up a switch
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Google TPLink. Find a dealer in your area that has them.
Good stuff, dirt cheap prices.
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Isn't this just a make of router switch, the same as what's been suggested?
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Tplink offers networking devices. You would Google 'tplink switches'


Here is a link to their 8-port switch

http://www.tp-link.com/us/products/d...del=TL-SG1008D
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