Switch un-managed question

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I am looking for a few questions answered with regards to setting up a un-managed switch.

can you have as many 'in' connections as you want?

if I had a 16 port switch and 12 ports connected to PC's and the remaining 4 were connected to my router, would this provide a better speed then only having 1 connecting going in?

would it work as in : 1 'in' for 3 'out'?

or do switches not work like this??

see my amazing picture attached.

sorry if I am not explaining myself properly.
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peggiegregAsked:
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Chad SmithCommented:
I would say you would need a managed switch that was capable of Ether-Channel or Link Aggregation Control Protocol. An unmanaged switch I doubt would provide these advanced features.
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Zac HarrisSystems Administrator Commented:
Having more connections to a router won't really improve anything.

In an ideal situation, you would have a gigabit router connected to a gigabit switch....in case you need to know, gigabit = 10\100\1000. This would provide a gigabit "backbone" on your network. Then as long as your computers have gigabit NIC cards they would be able to communicate at the higher speed.
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peggiegregAuthor Commented:
@Zac Harris.

I have 4 ports in a room and about 12 PC's that need to use it, the cabling is coming from a gigabit router so is what your saying I would better off putting 1 connection in and splitting it into the 12? or should I take all 4 connections and split that into 12?
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Chad SmithCommented:
The router typically just has one connection (the inside interface)  and plugs into one port on the switch. I'm not sure why there would be 4 ports for the router...the cabling from the gigabit router - is each one labeled? I'm beginning to think you should just be using one connection not other ones from the router - therefore do not use the other two connections on the far left of your diagram - just use one of the 3.
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peggiegregAuthor Commented:
maybe I am confusing myself.

basically we have 4 patch ports on the wall. we have ran out of patch ports in that room and therefore without re-wiring the building I wanted to take 1 of these ports and plug in a switch. I then wanted all the PC's in that room to run on this switch.

but then I thought if I took all 4 connections from the wall and plugged that into the switch would I get more bandwidth, more speed and a better connection.
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Zac HarrisSystems Administrator Commented:
If only that were true haha

You only need one of the connections and put a switch in the room and run a cable from the switch to each PC
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peggiegregAuthor Commented:
brilliant, thanks Zac!
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