Question about adding more then 4 wired computers to a network


#1

Hey SRK, quick question for all you tech people. My house already has 4 comps wired to a router but we need to add to more desktops. If I wanted to do it without going wireless do I need to buy another router or will a switch do? I’m getting conflicting answers because somebody told me a switch will only allow 1 desktop to share the connection at a time and the other says a 2nd router DHCP will interfere with the first. Any advice is greatly appreciated. :slight_smile:


#2

It might help to describe your setup in more detail. I’m guessing you have a router, and it has only 4 usable ports that are now filled by your 4 devices?

You should be able to get a switch and plug it into one of the ports on your router, then add connections to the new switch. Think of it as just adding more ports to your router.


#3

yup all you need is a switch, or another router used as a switch. You need to uplug one of the computers from the port and plug that into a port into your second switch (not the Wan on the second one)


#4

For that matter you could do it with just a hub, but switches are more efficient and basically the same price anyway.


#5

I have a few Trendnet gigabit switches around the house and they all work rather well for the price and are “green” so they should be more energy efficient. Here’s one from newegg.


#6

another vote here for switch!