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Advice needed, 8 port router for Netgear CG3100 in bridge mode?

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I have a Netgear CG3100 wireless modem/router and don’t have the option of altering DNS settings in order to use unblock-us.com, I think restriction is in place by my ISP. Tech support advised to place in bridge mode.

I have disabled NAT to get into bridge mode but left my wireless on which appears to be working fine. Can I therefore just get a wired 8 port router instead of a wireless router to connect my 4 PC and 2 TV’s (I will be connecting one TV directly to the LAN port and the other one via a Roku 3 box for Internet streaming media).

Any recommendations for an 8 port router and do I need a gigabit?

Can I use a switch such as a NETGEAR GS108 8-Port instead of a router or should I get something like a Netgear FVS318G 8-Port Gigabit, what is the difference?

Thanks in advance for your feedback.
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In what country are you located?
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I am in Australia..
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It doesn't make sense that it's bridging around only the wired side.
I would disable the wireless on it altogether.

If you've disabled NAT and DHCP to get bridge mode, you should be able to connect about any 8-port wireless router (I checked pccasegear.com but didn't find any there) and the Netgear will act strictly as a modem.

Gigabit isn't required for any of the devices you mentioned, but it makes transfers between computers with gigabit adapters on your local network a LOT faster.

I was thinking you should be able to find something like a D-Link DIR-632, but Amazon in Oz doesn't seem to offer much besides android apps and e-books; Newegg.com doesn't deliver to Oz that I know of.
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Thanks for your feedback, very much appreciated.

I forgot to mention that I also have a Netgear ReadyNAS Duo which I think has a gigabit port and I find backups to it currently take forever. What if I went for a Netgear WNDR3800 (Ethernet ports 4x gigabit, 1x gigabit WAN) and just added a Netgear GS105 5Port Gigabit Switch, would this work?
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That sounds like it's worth a try, yes.  The WNDR3800's DHCP server should hand out addresses through the GS105 just fine.
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