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Connect a switch to a router with built in switch?

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I have a netgear RP614 router which has a built in 4 port switch.

One switch port is connected to an ethernet cable (CAT5e) which goes to a remote room, where several pc's will be located. I would like to hook this cable up to a gigabit switch located in this remote room - then hooking those pc's up to the gigabit switch in the same room.

Now remembering networking theory from long time ago, as far as I know I can hook up a switch to a router and a hub to a switch.  So my guess is that I can't hook up this gigabit switch (as it would connect to the routers build in 4 port switch)? Is this right? I would like to have gigabit speed in this remote room - however there are no gigabit hubs available? Would a gigabit switch work anyway when hooked up to the router with build in switch? if so why?
I want to have this answered before I spend money to buy the gigabit switch (probably a Netgear GS608 8 port Gigabit Switch).


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To connect 2 switches you need a cross over cable.. So yes you can connect this gigabite switch to the built in switch ion the router.
Now you have a few problems to address.
You will have only 100mb connectivity between the remote room and the switch/router.
You also will only get gigabyte between the clients in the remote room if you have gigbite NIC's and, not sure about this, but i think you need CAT 6 cable.
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> I know I can hook up a switch to a router and a hub to a switch.

Hub to a switch requires a cross-over cable, or an uplink port.  Same for switch to switch -- switches and hubs are both layer 2 devices.

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Unless your switches are nice and clever and "auto sense" not only the speed but whether the connection is an uplink or not.

From the specs for the Netgear GS608 8 port Gigabit Switch at http://www.netgear.com/products/details/GS608.php

"Every port automatically senses the right speed and full/half duplex mode, and Auto Uplink™ technology automatically adjusts for straight-through or crossover cables."
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