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… ?