more network ports required

Draytek / Vig0r 2600+
September 10, 2009 at 11:49:29
Specs: Windows XP
I know nothing about networking, mine was set up for me and has always worked well.

But now I need to extend my network by adding two PCs which were previously set up and ran on the same network... I have simply unplugged them to add network disk drives etc.

The current setup is --
Broadband into Draytek Vigor router.
Draytek connected to HP hub, which is now full up with 7 other networked PCs, printers and drives. Nothing else is plugged into the Draytek.

1. I have three spare network slots in the Draytek router. can I simply plug the new PCs into the Draytek to add them to my network?
2. is there anything else I have to do for it all to work?
3. if this won't work, I have a second Draytek router and another 10/100 hub... can either of these be used to solve the problem and, if so, how?

Many thanks -- grateful for your assistance.

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September 10, 2009 at 11:53:47
Q1: yes

Q2: depends on what you define as work. Get internet access? Sure as long as the router provides ip addresses.
File sharing? No you will need to set that up.

Q3: see Q1 answer

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September 11, 2009 at 04:15:03
Many thanks, Wanderer.

Also, if I wanted more expansion in future, can I simply daisy chain my extra Draytek in and start using that in the same way? If so, is there anything special I need to know about plugging it in?

Does the same apply to my spare hub -- can I just daisy chain that? But should I avoid that if it's only 10/100 rather than Gigabit speed?


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September 11, 2009 at 08:07:01
chaining is never a good idea. switches are cheap. my suggestion is if you want to expand get a 16-24 port switch. Even better is a managed switch.

sell the other router unless you want it as a replacement to the present one. don't introduce it to the mix unless you understand routing.

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September 11, 2009 at 08:26:44
I've never come across switches before - how do they differ from routers and hubs?

Funnily enough, a catalogue has just come through today which includes an 8-port Edimax ES-3208P Ethernet Switch for only £12 (5 ports for £8). blurb says it has store-and-forward architecture, full wire speed forwarding and filtering rates (whatever that all means).

sounds cheap -- is it what I need or should I stick with the spare ports in my Draytek?


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