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Fios gateway as ethernet switch via nighthawk R8000p?

So I have a gigabit connection coming in from verizon. It currently comes in via ethernet from an ONT in the basement straight up to our tri-band ac4000 nighthawk x6s r8000p.

I need more ethernet net ports, probably another 4 to be safe.

But here is the twist......

I have one of the ethernet cables going from my nighthawk to my Fios gateway(with both wifi bands off) and the Fios gateway is currently in bridge mode. I had to do this so we can get on demand and dvr. And the fios gateway has 4 ethernet ports that have Internet connection, via ethernet from the nighthawk.

So my real question is can I just use my Fios gateway as a "switch"? And will I achieve everything speed wise as I would with a decent switch? Oh and will I run into any double nat issues? (Fio gateway is in bridge mode)

I am kind of new to some of the slightly advanced router settings so please bare with me lol.

Thanks in advance,

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In reply to: Fios gateway as ethernet switch via nighthawk R8000p?

Also am I right to have the ethernet from the ont straight to the nighthawk or should I put the switch first (non verizon gateway) ?

I thought the nighthawk first because it has the 1.8 dual core processor that can manage flow better than a switch and since most all of the downloads are coming over wifi it would make more sense. I do have a home media server that uploads 4k videos directly to my home network and remotely. So again the nighthawk should be able to process that faster?

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The FIOS gateway as a switch.

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I have to write no as it's currently working as a modem. To get more ports you add a switch. I've never had to change settings of the network when adding a switch.

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Thank you

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I am just trying to understand. It's still a modem but I do not need it for the internet. The way I understood it was that the modem is connected outside and the verizon gateway was just the router. I can unplug the ethernet coming from the ont box in the basement directly into my computer and get internet access without using the verizon fios gateway router that has 1 wan and 4 lan ports. I was hoping that would save me from buying a switch lol

Would you put the switch in front or behind the nighthawk router?

And is there switch you recommend with 4-6 ethernet ports that is a good price?

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Sorry no.

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I leave shopping to CNET and the web. I usually just hit Amazon for best sellers and I'm done since I get the best sellers and find what I want in the top 10.

As to in front or behind I can't tell you. Why? But where is the front and where is the behind. Let me sketch it like this.

Internet -> Modem -> (WAN port) Router then

(LAN ports, WiFi) Router to devices (PCs, phones, switches.)

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