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Help with network setup, connect modem<-- switch<-- router (DHCP?)

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You're going about this all wrong.
1. The router, wired or wireless, connects to the (cable or dsl) modem.
2. The router is what does DHCP to give IP addresses to multiple devices, and includes a built-in switch.
3. Why do you need multiple wireless routers? If in fact you need to cover a large area with your wireless network, then what you want to do is plug multiple wireless ACCESS POINTS to the extra router ports or the switch.
You DO NOT use multiple ROUTERS., unless you turn off DHCP on all except one. Having multiple DHCP servers running on a network is a recipe for disaster.