Get 200+ Gigabit Ethernet through router/switch

  1. Hemimax's Avatar
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    Get 200+ Gigabit Ethernet through router/switch


    If I have 200+ Mbps wired ethernet Spectrum Arris modem, should I install a wired switch or hub which will split the connection between hardwired PC's and a wireless router or a newer fancy gigabit wireless router? Will the new switch or router reduce the speed very much? I ask because I have very little use for wireless connections but would like to keep them available and still get close to the speeds I get when connected directly to the modem. I could by a wireless modem but I was looking into something more economical since the modem is free.
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  2. EdTittel's Avatar
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    I've been using the Arris device + local switches + local wireless access points (which is a router that's used for wireless connectivity to a single wired connection) for two years and a bit longer. Works like a charm here at my house. My wired PCs get between 40 and 60% of my rated Internet speed of 940 Mbps, and my wireless PCs get up to 80% of their rated connection speeds (which varies by device: I've got some 802.11ac devices that get up to 400-450 Mbps, with older, slower devices usually getting between 110 - 290 Mbps depending on specifics). If it works like that for me, it should work like that for you, as determined by the actual maximum download/upload speeds for your particular Spectrum Internet connection.
    HTH,
    --Ed--
    Last edited by EdTittel; 22 Nov 2018 at 11:02. Reason: Add remark about equivalent operations
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    Thank you Ed,
    I should have asked if I hook a switch to the single port on the modem then there will only be one IP address for the switch to split. If I want multiple devices online at the same time then they need a router to assign IPs.
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  4. Samuria's Avatar
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    If the modem doesn't have DHCP and nat you can only connect one device which is a security risk as your IP will be live and can be hacked unlike nat which is hidden on local IP
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  5. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    In addition, you should check with your ISP as to what internet speed you actually have available. Your old modem may be limiting your internet connection.

    If your modem does not have router capability built-in, then a gigabit switch will not do you any good as you need a router. Lower end WiFi routers with gigabit connections and dual band AC WiFi can be found easily for less than $40 US now.
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  6. Hemimax's Avatar
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    Thanks guys, I was afraid of that, I doubt if it does DHCP, it is an Arris TM1602AP2 and I do not have the password for the advanced settings. Getting a gigabit router sounds like the best option.
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  7. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    Hemimax said:
    Thanks guys, I was afraid of that, I doubt if it does DHCP, it is an Arris TM1602AP2 and I do not have the password for the advanced settings. Getting a gigabit router sounds like the best option.
    It does not have a router built-in. If you connected only a switch to it, it would be up the ISP to give IP addresses to the computers. You do need a router. As @Samuria stated, you also would gain much security from the firewall built into a router that you don't have now.
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  8. EdTittel's Avatar
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    I guess it depends on the Arris device one has. I just checked, and I've actually got a Technicolor modem, which hooks into an Arris device that offers 4-ports of GbE switching, 802.11ac wireless, and router capability. I also have two subsidiary switches, one downstairs in my office, the other upstairs at my wife's desk to provide wired Ethernet ports for a network printer, her PC, and additional guest wired hookups should they be needed.
    Thanks for looking up the specific item, @NavyLCDR.
    --Ed--
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  9. Hemimax's Avatar
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    Thanks Ed, you got a better modem.

    Thank you NavyLCDR & Samuria for your excellent advice.
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  10. Hemimax's Avatar
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    Update: Upgraded to Linksys WRT1900ACS and it works great!
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