MultiPort Router Vs Router+MultiPort Switch??

March 15, 2011 at 11:06:06
Specs: WIN 7 PRO, Core DUO

We really need, above all, reliability in our small office.

We will be updating some equipment soon and I'd like to get the best combination for Simplicity but (most importantly) RELIABILITY.

Currently Setup Is:

In Wiring Closet: DSL Modem >> Cisco 4port w/ Wifi Router >> 8port Switch

Throughout Office: PC1 direct to 8port; PC2 direct to 8port; PC3 direct to 8port; PC4 and NW printer to 4port switch, then to 8port; PC5, PC6, and NW printer to a different 4port, then to 8port.

(basically, the office has a couple of secondary 4port switches due to a lack of cable runs)

Also Note: The Cisco 4port wifi Router has the DVR PC attached to 1 of its ports.


QUESTION: When the equipment is upgraded....is it more Reliable to have the Router and Switch in the Wiring Closet completely Separate (3 devices) or to get a Router with MORE ports (like a 16port Router)...therefore only having 2 devices (modem and router) ?

The primary network app is SQL based..and we do have a dedicated server for the SQL DB.

Thanks very much.

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#1
March 15, 2011 at 11:56:06

I've never heard of a SOHO Router with more than 4 LAN ports. You could do some google searches to investigate but I have a sneaking suspicion you won't find any with more than 4.

If you find that 4 is the most LAN ports, remember when you go to purchase a switch to get one with more ports than you presently need in case you experience any growth.

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How charged with punishments the scroll,
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#2
May 7, 2011 at 17:37:19

Thanks....

I'm not sure what I was thinking....you're right....there are not any routers (that I could find) with more than 4 ports.

I suppose the more "serious" routers just have 1 port that plug directly into a large switch.

I ended up getting a decent little Netgear 24 port 10/100 switch and now have 26 available ports (counting both devices minus the ports used for the uplink).

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#3
May 9, 2011 at 07:49:35

Higher end routers (like Enterprise level) come with multiple interfaces. Most have the ability to have more added via "modules". But we're talking equipment worth thousands of dollars requiring some knowledge and training and this is a lot more than I think what you need.


I ended up getting a decent little Netgear 24 port 10/100 switch and now have 26 available ports (counting both devices minus the ports used for the uplink).

Right on, this should work great for you. I hope you have it setup like before only with the new switch:

DSL Modem >> Router >> Netgear switch >> Clients

If you ever fill that switch, you can simply purchase another, plug it into a free LAN port on the router and Jack's your uncle!

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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