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Yes, there needs to be a dedicated switch between the modem/router and the rest of the network.

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When possible, you are better off not linking your server via WiFi.  WiFi is convenient, but it is overall not as stable for network throughput as wired Ethernet, especially when you may be giving dat

Just to add to this, If your planing on multible wireless clients streaming media it would be best to find a router that supports MU-MIMO for best performance. Some examples of routers would be- Luma

isn't the router just having a switch integrated into the same box? I don't think it would want to get involved in the other traffic through the switch that doesn't terminate at the router's port, alt

Yes, there needs to be a dedicated switch between the modem/router and the rest of the network.

Okay, thanks.  Silly question here...  Do I also have to connect a WiFi network adapter to the switch? 

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No, the WIFI connection would go back through the router and then into the dedicated switch.

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Thanks there...  I don't think I'll be streaming high-def' video too much, maybe the odd very short clip now and then.  The Netgear modem-router is a N300 model up to 300mbs.

This thread is spinning out of control, No harm intended. I need to know the exact make & model of your NETGEAR N300 router? Look at the label on it and tell me exactly what the model is so I can better help you. I don't believe your NETGEAR has a modem built in but I want to confirm this with the exact make/model. What is your internet service provider? I am going to try and explain how you would set this up below-

 

Your internet service provider brings a line to your house and connects it to a box inside your house normally either a modem or a router/modem combo, You can usually tell this by the number of ports on the service providers device where they terminated the line, Generally speaking a modem will only have one Ethernet port on it and a router/modem combo will have 3-4 LAN ports. In either case the service providers device usually needs to stay in place. Now your wanting to use your own WiFi router so the hookup goes as follows-

 

Take one of the LAN ports from your service providers modem or router/modem combo and connect it to the WAN port of your NETGEAR then take one of the LAN ports of your NETGEAR and connect it to a LAN port of a separate switch that you purchased and connect all your wired devices to the remaining LAN ports of this same switch. Your router will need to be on a different sub-net from the service providers router and your NETGEAR will now be in control of DHCP and your network. all wireless clients will connect to your NETGEAR. I hope this helps and that I have not confused you more.

 

If you want you can PM me your phone number and best time to call and I would be glad to help you set this up after you have all the equipment needed FREE of charge. I was in your shoes once and yes it can be overwhelming at first and sometimes you need a little extra help over what forums can provide to get you threw it. Let me know again I am offering you personal help free of charge.

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Yes, there needs to be a dedicated switch between the modem/router and the rest of the network.

No disrespect here but know there does not however this is best practice and is what I do. If its a small number of devices say one or two wired clients it maybe OK to use the switch built into the router but I would still use a separate switch because I know this would give the best performance. Bottom line is let the router perform routing and hand off the switching to a dedicated separate switch.

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isn't the router just having a switch integrated into the same box? I don't think it would want to get involved in the other traffic through the switch that doesn't terminate at the router's port, although there may be a setting in some routers that lets it get 'involved'. OTOH if the switch is 10/100 that is a good reason to use an outboard gigabit switch.

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No, the WIFI connection would go back through the router and then into the dedicated switch.

... and the dedicated switch connects to the server?  Isn't it the other way round, wouldn't I connect the switch to the router and the router to the server?

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This thread is spinning out of control, No harm intended. I need to know the exact make & model of your NETGEAR N300 router? Look at the label on it and tell me exactly what the model is so I can better help you. I don't believe your NETGEAR has a modem built in but I want to confirm this with the exact make/model. What is your internet service provider? I am going to try and explain how you would set this up below-

 

Your internet service provider brings a line to your house and connects it to a box inside your house normally either a modem or a router/modem combo, You can usually tell this by the number of ports on the service providers device where they terminated the line, Generally speaking a modem will only have one Ethernet port on it and a router/modem combo will have 3-4 LAN ports. In either case the service providers device usually needs to stay in place. Now your wanting to use your own WiFi router so the hookup goes as follows-

 

Take one of the LAN ports from your service providers modem or router/modem combo and connect it to the WAN port of your NETGEAR then take one of the LAN ports of your NETGEAR and connect it to a LAN port of a separate switch that you purchased and connect all your wired devices to the remaining LAN ports of this same switch. Your router will need to be on a different sub-net from the service providers router and your NETGEAR will now be in control of DHCP and your network. all wireless clients will connect to your NETGEAR. I hope this helps and that I have not confused you more.

 

If you want you can PM me your phone number and best time to call and I would be glad to help you set this up after you have all the equipment needed FREE of charge. I was in your shoes once and yes it can be overwhelming at first and sometimes you need a little extra help over what forums can provide to get you threw it. Let me know again I am offering you personal help free of charge.

I'm not PM-ing you my phone number.  The exact model for my netgear router is NGN2200 which has a modem built in.  Currently my WiFi router is hooked-up to my main system via a USB dongle, but for stability reasons I would use an ethernet cable as suggested come the time, then plug the switch into one of the free LAN ports on the router.  Thanks for your hookup explanation, this makes sense.

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It looks like the NGN2200 Ethernet ports are only 10/100. That could be a limiting factor.

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