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By reid_mckinley ·
In my home office I have a Linksys 4 port router with the 802.11a wireless connected to a cable modem. Until now, 4 ports have been sufficient, but now I need 5 connections with a possible 6th in the near future. I have an IBM 16 port switch which I haven't put into the network yet because I haven't needed it. Now that I need it, I'm not sure how it should be put into the mix. Is this the right configuration CABLE MODEM->LINKSYS ROUTER->IBM SWITCH->PC ?? Do I need any additional hardware? BTW, I'm not using the WAP capability of the router because I've found it's pretty useless from floor to floor. Any ideas/suggestions are grealy appreciated!! Thanks.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to basic home networking que ...

yes, the wireless range can be disappointing...
yes, your idea of how to put in the switch seems correct to me. you will need to connect to the switch from the router via an uplink port on the switch. if your switch doesn't have any free uplink ports or you can't figure it out, use a crossover cable. (get from radio shack, compusa, buy.com) once you get a link light on the port going to the router, you should be all set...

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by reid_mckinley In reply to basic home networking que ...

Thanks! Sounds good to me. Thanks for your help!

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