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4 port router and 10 computers

Sorry for the silly question, but my router only has room for 4 ethernet connections and I'd like to hook up 10 computers.  What do I need?
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uescompCommented:
You need to purchase a switch.  Netgear makes some good quality home switches in 4, 8 & 16 port models.  If you are looking for business class, I prefer Cisco but they are pricey, HP is a good alternative.  You just need to hook the switch to your router with a network cable, no need to use a crossover cable as most devices have an auto-crossover feature these days.
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Aaron TomoskyTechnology ConsultantCommented:
Wan of router to modem. LAN of router to switch (all switch ports are the same) switch to computers.
If the computer are seperate like 5 on this side and 5 over there, you can put an 8 port switch with both groups and run a line from each switche bak to the router.
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hrolsonsAuthor Commented:
So, my router has 4 ports.  I will use 1 port and go to the switch and leave the other 3 ports unused?

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Aaron TomoskyTechnology ConsultantCommented:
Yes
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hrolsonsAuthor Commented:
OK, this is for a home office with multiple employees.  I want it to be as fast as possible, within reason.  What should I buy?
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Aaron TomoskyTechnology ConsultantCommented:
Are youcopying files from computer to computer much? Because the spee of your Internet connection is slower than even a cheap 10/100 switch.
I suggest a gigabit netgear gs724t if you want something  to grow with you.
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ZombieAutopsyCommented:
Just Use the 4 port router and buy a small switch. Daisy chain the switch off the router and your good to go.
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hrolsonsAuthor Commented:
Sweet, I just found one of these in my basement:

http://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-FS116-Ethernet-Switch-Uplink/dp/B000063UZW/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1305044878&sr=1-1

Will that work, or is it old and outdated?
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Robert Sutton JrSenior Network ManagerCommented:
yes.
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Robert Sutton JrSenior Network ManagerCommented:
So, not sure what type of router you have(Cisco SOHO, Linksys, etc) but you're looking at something like.....
                                     
                                         
ISP ----- (WAN)Router (LAN) ----- Netgear 16port ---- 10+ pc's


The netgear doesnt require any config.
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rsaettelCommented:
Un unmanaged switch will do the job here. So basically every switch that you can buy from amazon or best buy.
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