I'm trying to take an evolutionary path to a decent home network, mainly because funds are somewhat limited. At the moment I have a Vista laptop and Ubuntu desktop sharing (via wireless) a broadband connection through a Netgear DG834 modem/router. Both the laptop and the desktop have gigabit ethernet capability so what I was thinking of doing was adding a gigabit switch and running ethernet cabling to the various rooms I may want to have PCs in future (e.g. as media centres).
My simple question is, can I just connect my DG834 (non-gigabit) modem/router to a port on the gigabit switch? I realise that the link from the gigabit portion of the network to the internet will therefore just be 100Mbps, but that's faster than the outside world anyway so it shouldn't be an issue.
Thanks in advance for your help.