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Blu September 28, 2012 10:45 AM

Building home network
Basically I want to get internet access for my planned living room setup (htpc, fileserver, secondary pc) and was just wondering whats the best way to go about it.

The main cable modem is in my room so I was planning on sort of doing this,

Cable modem > Router > Line 1 pc . Line 2 xbox . Line 3 saved for later . Line 4 100ft ethernet cable going to my living room.

With line 4 I want it to split in the living room so it can goto my htpc, fileserver and secondary pc. So in the living room I'm assuming I will need a switch or another router (A little confused as alot of the googled searches have different questions saying it has to be a switch or router so...) I do know I'll need to set the living room on another subnet and disabled DHCP. I just wanted to be sure I'll be able to access everything over the home network so I can transfer files from each other faster.

Should I have any problems doing this? Just wanted to be sure is all.

enaberif September 28, 2012 10:50 AM

just put a switch in after the router and run everything off that.... Done.

SugarJ September 28, 2012 10:51 AM

You want a 5-port switch, like this: Linksys SE2500 Etherfast Desktop 10/100/1000 5 Port Unmanaged QoS GbE Switch

Perineum September 28, 2012 10:53 AM

You don't want a second router, the living room just uses a switch, that's all

sswilson September 28, 2012 11:43 AM

I was confused about switches vrs routers as well until I asked and was informed that a switch operates pretty much as a port multiplier. Think of it the same way as you would a USB hub, it's straight plug and play.

Blu September 28, 2012 01:38 PM

Thanks guys, now I know what exactly needs to be done. I do have a router laying around here and a switch. I just need to start working on my living room...My moms a hoarder :-/ ...

KaptCrunch September 28, 2012 03:19 PM


Originally Posted by Perineum (Post 658462)
You don't want a second router, the living room just uses a switch, that's all

yes but he wants wifi also for tv, ps, xbox so wireless router needed in living room

Perineum September 28, 2012 04:17 PM

He was saying "line" to each, so I figured wired.

I would recommend wired no matter what anyway.

The Quicken September 29, 2012 08:28 PM


Originally Posted by Perineum (Post 658505)
would recommend wired no matter what anyway.


NyteOwl September 30, 2012 10:37 AM

^^Agreed. Wireless for me would only be an option if it was impossible to run cable to the location the network connecton was needed.

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