wired networking question - must router come before switch?

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  1. posnera macrumors regular

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    I am revising my home network and have a question about the ordering of devices and whether or not it matters.

    Currently, I have my comcast modem running into an Airport Extreme. There is also an ethernet switch connected downstream with other devices connected.

    The problem is that the modem/router is currently in my home office which has poor wireless distribution to the house. I'd like to move the router to a better location, but I need several ethernet ports in the office.

    Here's my question: Can I connect from the modem to the switch, then to the Extreme, or must the router be the first device after the modem?
     
  2. Panch0 macrumors 6502a

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    The router needs to be first.

    You could use another Airport (Extreme or Express) or Time Capsule to extend your wireless network though.
     
  3. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    Yeah I'd get an Express ($70 Apple refurb) and plug it into the switch on the good side of the house. Put it in extended mode and it'll be like a wireless access point, the main router still being what performs NAT functions.
     
  4. posnera thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok. I will run wire from the extreme to the other room and use a switch there to connect to an express (and other wired stuff). Thanks for the info.
     

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