dsl line -> dsl modem -> router -> switch -> pc
My home set up is: DSL line into house to DSL modem, then on to DLink DI 624M wireless router with 4 ports. This setup works just fine. However, I have just built my home and have a star-pattern network to about 16 cat5 jacks in various rooms. I want to share the same DSL connection with all wall jacks in my home.
I have a HP/Win XP Media Center PC, a Gateway laptop with WinXP, and an older Gateway PC running Win 98.
I have purchased a (Cabletron) ethernet switch (cheap $55, uh oh...). This is name and model number:
SmartSTACK ELS100-S24TX2M FAST ETHERNET SWITCH
which has 24 ports. It didn't come with software or manuals, but I found some (not novice-user friendly at all) on line. I think it has a web-type interface but don't know how to connect a computer to it to work with it!
Is it appropriate to try to use this switch to share my internet connection?
If so, are these things usually plug-and-play? I can't seem to figure out how to configure the switch, (or get it to do anything actually)
Thanks for any help or advice,