We need more Ports Captain! We denna have any mooore!

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void
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Hey guys, first time post long time fan of Rodney. Anyway, i've got a situation brewing here at home on my network. I've disabled wireless because I find it annoying to babysit the security settings and all that. So i've just got us all on ethernet right now. Problem is that i've got several machines I wnat to connect for networked storage.

My piddly little router only has 4 ports. I'm wondering if there's a way to daisy chain up more routers or if you guys know of a router our there with more than 5 ports. I say more than 5 because buying a new router for one more port is kind of stupid.

The only other option I know of is getting a multi port switch, but i'm not so sure those work the same as routers do. I still want each machine to be able to access the internet if need be, but still talk to each other on the network. Ie. it would be nice to just have DHCP take care of the IP configurations instead of having to play with IP or MAC tables on a switch.

Thanks for having a look at this issue.

Flaviz
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You need a switch! Newegg.com has a fine selection of 5-port and 8-port if your network is 100mbps or gigabit. A good 8port would be this D-Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833127086 So, what you do is buy a switch then plug in an ethernet cable between one of the 4 ports on you router and one of the 8-ports on the switch. The ports on the switch become an extension of the router's ports and even use the router's DHCP server. You can still use the other 3 ports on the router but I would probably just plug everything into the switch unless all your computers are using a lot of internet. A 5-port (4 additional ports) solution would be this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833127085 but for $5 more you get 3 more ports which could come in handy.