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Link Wireless router with network Switch

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I am setting up a new network with 10 Computers all Windows XP plus a couple of laptops
I have a Zyxel wireless router for the ADSL connection and wireless capability
I want the wireless function for the laptops that will be moving around and wish to hardwire the printers and the work-stations
Can I connect a 12 port switch/Hub directly to one of the connections on the wireless router without loosing any performance and which is the best way to connect
i.e : all workstations to the switch and then connect switch to router ???

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I would connect all workstations to the Switch then connect the switch to the router.  This will keep traffic from pc to pc off the router and only internet traffic will flow to the router.  Remember this only applies if you use a switch, if you use a hub then it doesn't matter because all the traffic will be broadcast to the router anyway.

If you have uplink ports on the router use that and connect the other end of the cable to a regular port on the switch.

If there is no uplink port on the router then use the uplink port on the switch and connect to a regular port on the router.

If there are no uplink ports on either use a CROSSOVER CABLE to connect the router and switch (unless one or both have auto-sensing ports; in wich case you don't need a crossover cable)

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