Home network with Gigabit router BUT 10/100 port for internet sharing?

Hi.
I'm intending to network my house and I need a gigabit backbone for video streaming \ graphics editing and hopefully some grid computing (help is welcome on this subject as well).  I figure a gigabit switch with 8 ports is what I need. The problem starts here. I also want to share a broad band connection using my isp's supplied cable modem. So I figured I also need a router that has a regular 10/100 port for the Ethernet cable running up to the modem. Prob is The only combo routers with a built in switch I found for domestic use are 10/100 capable and enterprise gigabit routers use a gigabit routing port witch is very expensive and useless for me.

My first questions is weather I'll be forced to buy a gigabit switch and a separate 10/100 router (with a switch built in) – connecting the router to one of the switches ports and how do I assign ip addresses to the whole thing.

Second – are there affordable (250 + /- $) routers with a 10/100 port for internet sharing and a gigabit switch built in. I guess I'm not the only                    
               one with this kind of need… ?
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pseudocyberConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I haven't seen any broadband routers with Gig ports - I don't think Gig NICs are common enough, yet, for the SOHO market.

Here is what I would do, for only $200!!! :)

Linksys
BEFSR11 Router ~ $50
http://www.linksys.com/products/product.asp?grid=34&scid=29&prid=142

EG008W 8 Port GigE Switch ~ $150.
http://www.linksys.com/products/product.asp?grid=35&scid=42&prid=529

This should pretty much work out of the box - you would connect the router to your broadband in the WAN port.  It would receive an external IP.  Then you would run a cross over cable - or if the switches are capable of auto MDI/MDIX or have a special port, you don't need it - over to the Gig Switch.  The Gig Switch is unmanaged.

Then, you plug your GigE equipment into the Gig and the non-Gig/hosts where you don't need to waste a GigE port on into the Router/Switch.

The Switches learn where other hosts are by themselves and build a forwarding table - traffic that is from a GigE device to another GigE device would stay in that switch - theoretically the only traffic which would go over to the Router would be bound for the Router (like DHCP requests) or bound for the Internet.

HTH
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NicktheGreeckAuthor Commented:
Thanks pseudocyber... one more thing though...
i checked out the gear at linksys and i couldent figure out the difference between the eg008w and the sd2005 -
as far as their spesifications go they are preety much the same.
how come only the eg008w user guide states "up to 20/200/2000 Mbps per port in full duplex mode" and the sd2005 user guide doesn't?
and by the way what does SOHO mean ?
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pseudocyberCommented:
SOHO is Small Office/Home Office.

Any port that can run full duplex can theoretically double it's speed - however, this is a marketing gimic.  What it means is you can run full speed in both directions at one time.  If you have a 100Mbps connection and you're doing a file transfer from A to B, you're NEVER going to go over the 100Mbps - because it's unidirectional.  There AREN'T any apps that need full speed in both directions at the same time.

I don't see a difference either in those two switches, besides port count and price.
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pseudocyberCommented:
B!?!? ;)
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