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Here is my setup, I am a cable modem, single cable output to a d-link WBR-2310 wireless router with 4 output ports. One of the ports runs a storage and printer server which has a printer and usb hard drive attached. All of this was working just fine, but I ran out of ports on the wireless router. So I purchased a Linksys gigabit 5-port workgroup switch. It has 5 ports but nothing telling me what to plug in from the cable modem, like my wireless router does. so I choose the 1st port for my cable modem and then plug the wireless router, computers, etc.. into the rest of the ports. Now only the wireless works. So I changed it around and modem to wireless router, used one of the wireless ports to the gigabit switch and then added two computers to the switch and kept everything else like it  originally was. So now I have internet access to all computer including wireless, but now the print/storage server does not work. It had to be setup with IP addresses in the past so I figured that changed. So it has a program with it to discover the IP address of the printer. I run that like I have in the past and it does not see the printer! Now I am stuck. So what is the best way to set this all up?
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by:Hypercat (Deb)
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Where is your server physically connected to the network?  Here's how it has to be done to work properly:
Cable Modem ---> router --->Linksys switch ---> all other computers, including your server need to be plugged into the switch.
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So connect my cable modem to the wireless router, then take a output port on the wireless router to the switch and then plug everything else into the switch?

Does it matter on the switch what port I use to plug the router in?
Thanks!
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Hypercat (Deb) earned 2000 total points
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Yes, you got it!  It doesn't matter which ports on the switch you use - all ports on the switch are created equal ;-)
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