How to Set up for Fiber Optic Internet

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  1. Posts : 17,274
    Windows 11 Pro
       #11

    jimbo45 said:
    Hi there

    IMO (and in practical experience too) the Switch will actually IMPROVE throughput -- since the Modem only has to supply one address there's no contention between the various computers -- the switch will handle all the protocols etc -- get a 1Gb/s switch they are really cheap and as I posted before you'll only need 1 LAN cable between switch and router -- and just have the lan cables from computers to the switch.

    UK price includes Tax equiv to approx 12 USD -- In USA probably cheaper (I think Definitley cheaper)

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/TP-Link-TL-...ZHQSRT9JG&th=1

    Cheers
    jimbo
    That would only be true if all the computers connected had manual IP addresses configured. Otherwise, there must be a DHCP controller on the network, and a simple, unmanaged switch would not have DHCP capability.
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  2. Posts : 11,180
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
       #12

    NavyLCDR said:
    That would only be true if all the computers connected had manual IP addresses configured. Otherwise, there must be a DHCP controller on the network, and a simple, unmanaged switch would not have DHCP capability.
    Hi there

    True but usually even the cheapest and nastiest ISP supplied router generally has a DHCP controller in it so that's not an issue -- so unmanaged switch - especially in this case with only 3 computers on the network would work just fine.

    I have a 5 Port switch of this type and I just set the DHCP setting in the router.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  3. Posts : 17,274
    Windows 11 Pro
       #13

    jimbo45 said:
    Hi there

    True but usually even the cheapest and nastiest ISP supplied router generally has a DHCP controller in it so that's not an issue -- so unmanaged switch - especially in this case with only 3 computers on the network would work just fine.

    I have a 5 Port switch of this type and I just set the DHCP setting in the router.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    But if the ISP supplied router has the required number of LAN ports, there is no advantage to connecting a switch to one LAN port and the computers to ports on the switch, versus just connecting the computers to the LAN ports on the ISP router directly, assuming that location and distance is not a factor.
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  4. Posts : 11,180
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
       #14

    NavyLCDR said:
    But if the ISP supplied router has the required number of LAN ports, there is no advantage to connecting a switch to one LAN port and the computers to ports on the switch, versus just connecting the computers to the LAN ports on the ISP router directly, assuming that location and distance is not a factor.
    Hi there

    Minimises cabling -- especially if you then route switch output into a wifi extender (a decent one -- these days fast wifi can be as good as some LAN connections ) . It's easier --especially in "Non Office" type of buildings to run one cable to the router from the switch which can be located in a position nearer the required computers. --

    Depends on your setup etc etc -- but running a few Lan cables in a typical house is usually a big pain --especially if you want to do it neatly and have cables invisible. Hopefully the next generation of Wireless will make domestic LAN cabling 100% redundant anyway -- my Nighthwark wifi extender can give a theoretical almost 1 Gb/s on wifi -- it's not the cheapest bit of kit though. Using the Lan output from 3 / 4 computers into the switch and then one cable to the extender works brilliantly for me -- much faster than the bog standard internal wifi chips the laptops have -- around 54 Mb/s at max and then only half duplex.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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