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# 136715 6-Dec-2013 14:58
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I'm getting UFB connected over the next couple of days (first lot of techs are here at the moment).  Currently, most of my devices are connecting via wifi but I've been thinking about a wired network so I can take full advantage of UFB speeds.  I had contemplated getting under floor myself to run some ethernet, but the techs have offered to drill a couple of extra holes and feed tape through so I can pull through the ethernet cables myself without having to get under the house.  This isn't the perfect solution (basically just a few ethernet cables directly connected from the router to the devices currently using wifi), but it will be better than wifi.

But my issue is the number of ethernet ports on the router.  It's a Fritzbox 7390, so it has 4 ports, but one will get taken up with the ONT connection, leaving me with three.  In the same room I have an Xbox 360, a NAS, and an ethernet-capable TV and Blu Ray player, plus a laptop or Pi for hometheatre duties.  I haven't had everything plugged in (the TV and Blu Ray player aren't important, but the laptop or Pi, plus the Xbox and the NAS are important.  And if I run three direct ethernet connections to the other rooms (which each have one device), then I have a deficit of three ethernet ports.

Short of getting a properly-wired patch panel (which would be better, but more complex and expensive), what's the best way to expand the number of ethernet ports I have?  Do I need to get a switch?  I've heard that sometimes an old modem/router can be repurposed as a switch, by turning off the modem and DHCP functions.  I've got an old Linksys round here with four ports, so would that work?

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  # 946629 6-Dec-2013 15:14
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It's certainly possible to re-purpose old routers to be switches - I'm using one myself as a wired switch for extra ports and as a second wifi spot. I wouldn't go so far as to say all can (I doubt Telecom's Thompsons can, but happy to be proved wrong), but you really don't have much to loose trying.

Finding out the model of your old router could help.

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  # 946631 6-Dec-2013 15:21
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You can buy a 5 port 100Mbit/s switch for $20.

http://pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=SWHTPL1005&name=TP-LINK-TL-SF1005D-10100M-5-PORT-SWITCH-support-Au

 
 
 
 




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  # 946637 6-Dec-2013 15:42
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The old linksys is a wag54pg2. But if a switch works, then that might be better. I'm also guessing I'd be looking for a 1000mbit switch, as Palmerston North will be winning #gigatownpmn. ;). And is it as simple as plugging Ethernet from the modem/router to the switch, and then everything connected to the switch will just work?

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  # 946650 6-Dec-2013 15:52
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Lizard1977: The old linksys is a wag54pg2. But if a switch works, then that might be better. I'm also guessing I'd be looking for a 1000mbit switch, as Palmerston North will be winning #gigatownpmn. ;). And is it as simple as plugging Ethernet from the modem/router to the switch, and then everything connected to the switch will just work?
Yeah, for an unmanaged switch it is.

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Lizard1977: The old linksys is a wag54pg2. But if a switch works, then that might be better. I'm also guessing I'd be looking for a 1000mbit switch, as Palmerston North will be winning #gigatownpmn. ;). And is it as simple as plugging Ethernet from the modem/router to the switch, and then everything connected to the switch will just work?


It shouldn't be any more complicated than plugging in a power multiboard.

If you got yourself (for example) a 16 port gigabit switch, that would give you plenty of ports for future expansion.




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  # 955834 21-Dec-2013 14:22
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Lizard1977: The old linksys is a wag54pg2. But if a switch works, then that might be better. I'm also guessing I'd be looking for a 1000mbit switch, as Palmerston North will be winning #gigatownpmn. ;). And is it as simple as plugging Ethernet from the modem/router to the switch, and then everything connected to the switch will just work?

Oh no, my dad will be getting Gigabit? He won't be able to stop using internet, mum will go crazy. And I'm still on 10megs in Auckland.

Yup its that simple, at least with a Gigabit one. Older 100Meg switches sometimes aren't auto configuring so have a "crossover" or "uplink" port or button that connects the router, but Gigabit just has all ports the same and all works whichever port you use. If you feed cable under house with the tape, then you should still go under there to clip it onto the timber and make sure theres no sharp corners in the cable etc. You probably want more cables to other rooms, the TV etc and maybe a central distribution cabinet or cupboard to put a patch panel in. Could turn in to a bigger cabling project :) Sorry I won't be going back to Palmy for a while...




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