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Home Network - To use Router vs Unmanaged Switch

JamesWon 620 383 August 2, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Hi,

I just moved in to my new place with my housemates for college and I'm wondering what to get.

I don't understand the difference, they both share the connection but which is better?

I am planning to connect my NAS into the network and my housemates plan to use the network for their wireless laptops.

I also wonder how the IP address is handed out? Would the switch connected to a router hand out IP from the router?

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Hi,

I just moved in to my new place with my housemates for college and I'm wondering what to get.

I don't understand the difference, they both share the connection but which is better?

I am planning to connect my NAS into the network and my housemates plan to use the network for their wireless laptops.

I also wonder how the IP address is handed out? Would the switch connected to a router hand out IP from the router?
If your ISP provides a modem/router combo, you can use a swtich. The devices connected to the swtich will get the IP addresses from the modem/router. Think of the switch as just providing more ports on the back of the router. However if all the ISP supplies is a modem, then you must have a router.
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I am planning to connect my NAS into the network and my housemates plan to use the network for their wireless laptops.

I also wonder how the IP address is handed out? Would the switch connected to a router hand out IP from the router?
So who is your ISP?

And by stating that you're connecting your NAS to the network tells me you have a network set up already. So what type of network do you have set up already?
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I use comcast and I have a modem only. I don't have the NAS connected yet but I plan to once I purchase a wireless router. Would a Wireless Router like the Linksys E3000 suffice in terms of wired gigabit connection? Or should I get a switch as well?
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I use comcast and I have a modem only. I don't have the NAS connected yet but I plan to once I purchase a wireless router. Would a Wireless Router like the Linksys E3000 suffice in terms of wired gigabit connection? Or should I get a switch as well?
How many network devices will you connect to your network beyond the NAS that are wired? How many wireless?

Yes the E3000 will suffice in regards to both USB Storage Devices or gigabit connections for a wired NAS. I would recommend DD-WRT firmware for that model though and don't go with the default firmware from Linksys.
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put simply, a router will dish out private IP addresses and do NAT/forwarding etc. A switch won't - it will need something else to do that. So you *need* the router, you don't *need* the switch unless you run out of physical ports on the router
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The router is the smart device that manages the devices and IP addresses. A switch is just for extra ports for the computers to get access to the router. Most routers have 4 wired ports on them. If you need more than those 4 ports you can get a switch to expand them.

Hope this helps.
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put simply, a router will dish out private IP addresses and do NAT/forwarding etc. A switch won't - it will need something else to do that. So you *need* the router, you don't *need* the switch unless you run out of physical ports on the router

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Since you only have a modem, you need a Wireless router. Most have 4 wired ports on them as well that you can plug other devices into like your NAS. If you needed more wired ports you can plug a switch into one of these ports and then have more. It's pretty simple but you need a router, you don't need a switch.
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