Should I add a switch to my network?

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May 15, 2010 at 09:41:57
Specs: Windows 7
I have recently been given a D-Link switch and
I'm wondering what, if any benefits adding a
switch to my network would provide. Currently
I have DSL running to a Linksys wireless
router. I have an old xbox (being used as a
media box), desktop (holds all media files for
the network), and a network printer wired into
the router. Wirelessly, two other computers
are hooked into the network. Is there any
point to adding the switch into the mix?

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#1
May 15, 2010 at 11:29:42
Only if you want to add more devices to the network.

You only need a switch once you have exhausted the capabilities of the router. Adding a switch just for the sake of it will achieve nothing.

Stuart


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#2
May 15, 2010 at 13:40:21
that is kinda what i'd figured. Just wanted to make sure it
wouldn't help by better dealing w traffic btwn the xbox and the
media storage computer. I figured it would prob just be adding
one more place for the network to fail. Thanks for the input!

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#3
May 15, 2010 at 13:44:01
anything fun you can do with a switch? Like how you can turn an
extra wireless router into a repeater for instance. I got the
switch... hate to leave it in the closet... btw, i enjoy
pointless/overboard stuff :)

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#4
May 15, 2010 at 14:24:44
Nothing you can do with a switch unless you really need it. A switch is little more than a glorified junction box connected by wires.

Stuart


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