|Thanks again...I quoted your text and responded accordingly.|
"You should be able to plug the cable from the router to the switch into any port on either device. This assumes that the ports on the switch are autosensing. If not there will be one port, either the first or the last, that is marked differently, possibly labelled "UpPort", or has a slide switch by it. Otherwise things should just work. The switch merely extends your network in an efficient way."
> That's what I assumed -- at least that's what I was hoping.
"I have a network set up this way - a router with a few devices plugged into it and a switch with another four devices plugged in. The switch is connected via a normal cable to the router. Also some devices connect wirelessly to the router. All can see each other (which is how it should be)."
> Again, that's what I was going for -- not sure why the PC is now hidden. It may be a result of how the router is dealing with the switch. Thing is, I looked at Win 7's Network Map and there switch seems to be a sort-of dead end. It appears as if it's a firewall to anything except internet access, which is strange.
"It might help to know the make an model of both router and switch just to check if there is anything special about either of them."
> Agreed...the switch is a DLink DGS 2208 and the Router's the CIsco/Linksys E3000. I don't have dynamic routing ("RIP") enabled, but I can confirm that everything plugged into the switch that's functioning can get online (I've got a Samsung HDTV, a Denon receiver and the WDTV online).
> So the only problem is why the switch-connected device(s) can't access network shares on the PC.