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Q: Home Network Switch

My understanding of how a switch functions is that it does NOT increase your internet connection speeds but DOES increase the speed of your network locally _ between PC's, BlueRay players, gaming consoles, etc. and the router/ modem.
Can anyone confirm this?

I am asking because I am going to take down my modem and router, re-wire everything, and start over. Some of the equipment is already LAN connected and I want to add some more - thus adding a switch. When I do this I want to change my wireless router to WAP only and no longer use the ports on it.

My goal is to increase the transfer speed within my network and lighten the load on my wireless router to increase speed there. I am not changing NIC cards or ISPs , just rearranging what I have to make it more efficient.

Any tips , pointers, links?

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A: Home Network Switch

A switch Does Not really increase LAN speed. It just gives more ports for connecting devices by ethernet which is usually faster than wireless.

A 1000 MB (gig) switch will only work at 100 MB if the devices it is connected to have only 100 MB ports.

With a switch, all traffic will be going through the port on the madem/router which is probably a 100MB max

Changing a device from connecting using 802.11g wireless to ethernet will increase the transfer speed between that device and others that are connected by ethernet. 54 Mb max versus 100 MB max.

Using the router as a WAP ( bypassing the router/DHCP function) might show an increase in wireless efficiency, if the number of devices connecting with wireless are severely reduced.
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hey i have a little problen here i need to switch from public network to home and i cant seen to be able to due need help please

A:switch from public network to home

Hello Nancy, and welcome to Seven Forums.

The tutorial below can help show you how to.

Network Location - Set as Home, Work, or Public Network

Hope this helps,
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A:What Router/Switch for home network and CCNA

First, the top-end stuff would really be neat, but features come at a price, so
most commercial routers are eliminated.

review this post for some ideas.

Personally, I've been using a Netgear 4-port for several years and it's been
a faithful servant

Don't get confused re router vs switch/hub. The router is at the top of the list.
A switch(preferred) or hub can then be attached to the router to make more
connections available.
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My room is setup like a LAN area, with a desk long enough for 4 pc's, so I have 4 cables running from the switch to the computers.

My router is providing DHCP and has a PS3 and VOIP phone plugged up to it.

Is there anything blaring that would cause the machines not to transfer files at gigabit speeds? Currently they transfer at 10-12mbps, which is normal for a 10/100 connection.

Anything I'm missing?

I can get into a lot of detail, but I need to know what needs to be told.

A:Home Network Routing - Using a Switch for file transfers?

Weakest link in the chain prevails.


ISP=Router--switch-- PC{1+}
+--- other device(s)

Consider just devices attached to the router, the slowest Nic {wired or wifi} will control the bandwidth to the device. A PC with a 10/100 adapter dominate data to/from it regardless of the GB Switch. If PC.a and PC.b (both with GB adapters and attached to the switch) copy 'twix each other, you may get much better performance.

Data to/from other devices (attached to the router) will be dominated by the Router LAN port speeds or the devices themselves.

99% of us get no benefit whatsoever from GB routers or Switches as all devices need GB ratings :sigh:
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A:Segregating vmware web server from home network using cisco 2950 switch

Welcome to TSG.
Your Default Gateway, (linksys e2000) is not seen by your network. As you stated you need a router to route between the networks.

The easy way is to stick with the network, all of your 2950 switch ports are in VLAN 1 by default , so it should plug and play. The devices you want static can be set to the top of the current range, and so forth, the DHCP on your router will issue,

The hard way

This should be done carefully, as you can turn a perfectly good router into a paper weight.
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we always need nat.

Most of the time the connections look like

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There are a FEW cases where the modem needs to be set to BRIDGE mode, but
don't go there unless it all fails.

Keep it simple to start with [ modem---router---one system]

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A:Windows 7 Network Map Can't Figure Out Why There is a Network Switch

Quote: Originally Posted by Shawzborne


I am trying to figure out why windows 7 thinks there is a network switch in my home network. I have every computer in the house, setup to the same Workgroup as well as the same Homegroup. Can you please help me figure out why Windows thinks there is a network switch in front of my xbox 360 and one of my desktop computers. I am using DIR655 newest firmware router.



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A:Home network set but Win 7 says can't join homegroup, no home network

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A:[SOLVED] Short keys to switch user in xp home ?

Turn on Fast User Switching
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A:Home Screen and Desktop switch to each other in a continuous loop

We're you able to resolve this issue?
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How many computer in the network using the hub? How much local traffic (not Internet traffic) is there in the network?
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A:can you run one network switch off of another network switch??


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Network switches do not behave this way. Most switches are capable of 1Gb/s or 100Mb/s. If I have 10 computers connected, and only 2 are transmitting to each other, they will enjoy the 1Gb/s or 100Mb/s throughput.

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A:network switch?

To add I just looked in the control panel under Network and there is only this computer but no wireless devices to be found. It is a Vista if that has anything to do with it??
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A:Network switch

You need an Ethernet connected printer or computer if you want them connected directly. For printers, you can use a print server, see this list:

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A:Add Switch into Network

Is it fast or slow blinking?
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All you need to do is plug in the Network Switch to your Router's LAN Port by using a straight patch network cable, Cat5e or Cat6 would work. Use the same network cable and plug in the Server and the 2 Client PC's to the Switch. Any other network device such as NAS or networked printers can be plugged in the Switch.

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Hello and welcome to SevenForums.

Either you need a network hub or a single pc-to-pc or pc-to-laptop cross-cable connection. (search a thread somewhere here in forums)

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Network Map Image Below:


A:Network Switch Problem

Quote: Originally Posted by GradyPreece


Can someone please tell me why the Switch is not appearing next to the Xbox 360 and Family-PC like the first two pc's.

Network Map Image Below:


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Quote: Originally Posted by mbh9700

I have a home desktop computer, and a work laptop. Over the years I've changed laptops and home computers, and have always been able to get network sharing working so I can transfer files between them by using \\<hostname>

I've had my current setup for about 6 months now, and have been able to share files. Let's call my home computer "alien" and my work computer "laptop".

A couple of days ago, I found I was not able to connect to alien from laptop, but I could connect the other way. Also, alien can ping laptop, but NOT vice versa. alien has a static IP of, and laptop has an IP address of via DHCP.

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A:Need A Network Diagram For 3 switch and One Router.

sam_0056 said:

Hi All,

I am working in a small company.Now we need to establish a LAN connection,We have 3 switch (2 normal and 1 UPlink).40 PC and a router which is dirctly connected to the ISP.So for that i need a network diagram.Also i was face a problem that some system shows 10 mbps and other shows 100 mbs.The Auto Detect feature dose not work for some system.

Plz help the same.Click to expand...

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A:Network map shows switch that does not exist

UPDATE: After having the main PC off for a while and turning it back on tonight, it seems the other computers are now visible in the network section of the side panel (see first pic below). The other systems in the side panel didn't disappear until the last few days and the system has been turned off and on many times lately with no change.....until today. DAMMIT CIA....STOP MESSING WITH MY STUFF !!!

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interface GigabitEthernet0/5
description EsxiServer
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not shut

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any feed back would be appropriated

A:[SOLVED] Cannot Switch to private network

Hello Rotary_Bunta,

Are you trying to connect via a Wired network or a Wireless one?
A 169-adress (In a normal network) is Windows self-generated IP adress and is not usable for LAN/WAN's. So there's definately something wrong there.

Please have a look at the Network card drivers, make sure they're up to date.
Go to the device manager (Start > Search > "devmgmt.msc" > ENTER) and Maximize the Window, and take a printscreen of that view. highligt the network card.

Also extract an IPCONFIG report and attach it to your next reply:
Go to Start > Search.
Type "cmd" > Rightclick "cmd.exe" > Run as administrator.
Type the following command: ipconfig /all > C:\ipconfig.txt > Hit ENTER.

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A:Network help with gigabit switch/router

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