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by MjL1201 / June 5, 2013 7:11 AM PDT

Hello All,

I just built home and ran (6) Cat5e cables throughout the home because I am tired of slow, laggy performance from wireless routers. All of the wires are run to my basement where my ISP will be coming into the home.

The setup I was imagining was to use a Netgear GS608 in my basement to "gather" the 6 cables and the line from my ISP. Then I was going to use another few Netgear GS605's throughout my home to connect various equipment; AppleTV, Smart TV, XBox 360, PS3, ect. Lastly, I was going to install a wireless router on the main floor coming from the last Cat5e cable for my laptop, phone, ect.

Will this setup work and/or cause any problems? I am not sure if having a wireless router behind the switch would cause any problems. I am also unsure if having multiple switches behind each other could cause any problems.

Thank you in advance!

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Sounds expensive. Here's why.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 6, 2013 1:34 AM PDT
In reply to: Networking Help

Without a router you'll need an IP address for each device from your ISP. In my last home this would cost about 50 bucks a month per IP address.

Without a router, your 5 devices could result in a 250 buck a month bill and no sharing among the devices.

Good first try but why not the usual?

ISP (modem?) -> Router -> GS608 ?


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Modem in the Basement
by MjL1201 / June 6, 2013 3:14 AM PDT

The modem will be in the basement and I could put the router there as well, but then the wireless signal strength 2 floors up will likely be very weak. I was hoping to use the router on the main floor so the signal would only have to penetrate one floor instead of 2.

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Odd again.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 7, 2013 1:55 AM PDT
In reply to: Modem in the Basement

I never put the WiFi WAP in the basement. The setup I would use is.

ISP (modem) -> Router -> GS608's and a WAP in a good location.

Google "How to use a router as a WAP?" if you didn't know.

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