Need an ethernet switch, want to make sure it will work with my setup

bounou

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So i ran out of ethernet ports and want to order an ethernet switch, thinking about this one:

http://www.amazon.ca/D-Link-5-Port-Gigabit-Desktop-DGS-1005G/dp/B003X7TRWE/ref=pd_rhf_ee_s_cp_1_EFYR?ie=UTF8&refRID=1GWAFEG5AWSF20G1H6NN

I currently have a modem from ISP and i connect it to my airport extreme that handles the job of creating the WIFI at home. Ran out of ethernet ports on the Airport so i want to know if this will fix my problem.

Never actually used a switch before so want to make sure i wont have any problems.
 

Altemose

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So i ran out of ethernet ports and want to order an ethernet switch, thinking about this one:

http://www.amazon.ca/D-Link-5-Port-Gigabit-Desktop-DGS-1005G/dp/B003X7TRWE/ref=pd_rhf_ee_s_cp_1_EFYR?ie=UTF8&refRID=1GWAFEG5AWSF20G1H6NN

I currently have a modem from ISP and i connect it to my airport extreme that handles the job of creating the WIFI at home. Ran out of ethernet ports on the Airport so i want to know if this will fix my problem.

Never actually used a switch before so want to make sure i wont have any problems.
Any unmanaged switch will work fine.
 

ActionableMango

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Agreed any unmanaged switch is fine, although I personally wouldn't get that one with a curved top just in case you want to stack things later, such as putting your router on top.
 

Fishrrman

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You might consider an 8-port switch instead.
Room for "future growth".

I found a TrendNet 8-port for around $20 or so.
Works fine...
 

theluggage

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So i ran out of ethernet ports and want to order an ethernet switch, thinking about this one:
I've generally used Netgear switches:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Netgear-GS105-5-port-Gigabit-Ethernet/dp/B0000E5SEQ/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1393523374&sr=8-10&keywords=netgear+gigabit+switch+16+port

...metal case, built like a tank, won't be dragged around the desk every time you move a cable, feels like a proper bit of kit, and not particularly expensive.

Should just daisy-chain from the Airport. Modern switches are auto-sensing so you don't have to worry about cross-over cables or settings.
 

adam9c1

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I second the little metal Netgear switches.
Have used them for years.

Like the previous post don't worry about using a "special" crossover cable between the router and the switch. The devices are smart and will figure this out on their own. Regular ethernet cables will work. I recommend Cat 5E standard or newer (basically anything sold now will be 5e or newer, unless it's on clearance somewhere...).