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Is a "Switch" what I want?

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Hello Experts,

Currently, I have a Linksys router with 4 ports on it.  My problem is that I need more ports.

I have 3 computers, 2 TIVOS, and a network printer.  So I'm short 2 ports.  

I am looking at:  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833122140

But I'm not sure if this is what I need?  I never used one of these before.  I just need a device to extend the number of ports I have.  Please let me know if this is what I want to order.

Thank you in advance!
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Yes, a switch is exactly what you want.  The Netgear you found will work.
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A Linksys or other SOHO switch will also work.  You can compare cost and features...
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Oh, sorry to keep adding on but make sure you look to the future.  The Netgear you found is only a 5 port switch with one being used as the uplink so you only have 4 useable.  If you feel you will be adding a lot to your network, you may want to look at an 8 or 16 port switch.
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What's an uplink?

I basically need 6 ports total, then atleast 2 extra will be nice incase anything else ever gets added.

How complex is it to setup one of these things?  Are there anythings I should know?  I assume just simply attaching this to my router won't be enough.  
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It is extremely simple to setup.  You do not need to configure the switch just simply connect a network cable from one of the ports on the switch to a port on the router.  The uplink is the connection between the router and switch.  It sounds like an 8 port switch will work for you.
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Thank you!

I think I'll stick with this 4 port switch.  I'll atleast have 7 ports aviable.  So that gives me 1 to grow.  Which, I can't imagine anything else I'll be putting in this.  But, if that does happen down the road, that's ok, I'll just buy a better one.  I'm just pretty happy with this price, and it has a 10 dollare rebate.
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Cool, sounds good.
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