At home right now, I have the current network set up:
ISP --> Modem --> Router --> Cascaded Router --> console
Now, while I know that’s ideal to just have the one router in my set up, I don’t have enough ports for the other stuff I have at home. I’ve been thinking whether to swap out the router for a switch. Would this result in a improved performance of my console online gaming? I know switches simply forward the incoming packets while routers, I think, might introduce additional lag. I can’t be entirely sure. The internets doesn’t provide me with a definitive answer.
Thanks in advance =)
Edit: Got my answer.
If possible, use the LAN ports of your second router.
In other words:
ISP --> modem --> Router --> Cascaded Router (LAN port, NOT WAN port) --> console. This is assuming that your second router allows to be cascaded in this fashion, which shouldn’t be an issue for new(er) routers. Otherwise, you will have 2 LANS internally which is pointless and would introduce additional lag (network latency > switching latency).