Solved Can I expand the cat5 ports of my router with a switch?

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May 14, 2015 at 22:12:38
Specs: Windows 8.1, I5
I have an Asus wireless router but need to use more of the Cat5 ethernet ports. an I get another router/switch and connect it to one of the free ethernet ports to expand the available ports? Kinda like buying a power strip for wall outlets. Thanks

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May 19, 2015 at 20:13:06
To elaborate a little on the last comment: "Then connect all of your devices to the switch."
If, say you have a router that is fast enough for the internet but its Ethernet ports are limited to say 100MB/s, if you purchase a switch which is faster, say 1000MB/s and connect it to your router but connect all of your devices to the switch, then the speed between all of your devices will be up to 1000MB/s depending on the devices and cables only with the external (internet) speed the same as they was before. Therefore it is to your advantage to get a switch large enough for all of your devices and connect them all through the switch for the best possible speeds between your devices as possible. Even of you have a Gigabyte router, there still may be some speed advantage to having them all on one switch if possible.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.



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May 14, 2015 at 22:57:35
Just a plain switch, not a router/swiitch. That's exactly what they are used for.

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May 15, 2015 at 20:48:52
There are many 4 to 8 port switches that are very reasonable and is exactly what you need.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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May 18, 2015 at 08:12:21
Of course you can, that is the purpose of switches. Buy a switch and connect it to the router's Ethernet port. Then connect all of your devices to the switch. Here you have a nice article that describes the purpose of switches:

What is a switch?


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May 19, 2015 at 20:13:06
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To elaborate a little on the last comment: "Then connect all of your devices to the switch."
If, say you have a router that is fast enough for the internet but its Ethernet ports are limited to say 100MB/s, if you purchase a switch which is faster, say 1000MB/s and connect it to your router but connect all of your devices to the switch, then the speed between all of your devices will be up to 1000MB/s depending on the devices and cables only with the external (internet) speed the same as they was before. Therefore it is to your advantage to get a switch large enough for all of your devices and connect them all through the switch for the best possible speeds between your devices as possible. Even of you have a Gigabyte router, there still may be some speed advantage to having them all on one switch if possible.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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