Driver170 said:
How can i set a static IP address? do i need to set a default gateway also
I use DHCP for Internet service, if I want a Static IP address my ISP will be glad to provide it and charge more for my subscription. I don't run a Server so don't need the Static IP.

As for Switch part, I use a PoE Modem for Wireless DSL feeding a Wireless Router with 4 Ethernet ports for devices and an added 8-port Switch for additional devices. My network has 6 computers, 2 printers and a NAS drive connected via Ethernet plus Wireless/Wi-Fi Notebooks. The Switch only serves to provide the additional Ethernet ports needed.