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Thanks for the diagrams, I like that...  Your third choice is what I was thinking of at the outset, before I signed-up to HSS, but because of the stability issues mentioned; which makes sense to me, I would go for your first choice, except that I would want WiFi connectivity, so a WiFi switch and WiFi adapters on the clients (I would still have an ethernet cable going from the switch to the server though). Simple reason, physical cabling would be very awkward for me due to client sysems that would be in other parts of the house ;)

 

On the Netgear router, this is the one that I currently have http://www.netgear.co.uk/home/products/networking/dsl-modems-routers/dgn2200.aspx - which has up to 300mbs speed.  This was provided by my ISP, I did not buy it myself.

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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.

Isn't that what I said?  Separate the wired clients via a dedicated switch so traffic does not have go to back through the router, which would be another hop on the network.  Wireless cleints would have no choice to make both hops.

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Isn't that what I said?  Separate the wired clients via a dedicated switch so traffic does not have go to back through the router, which would be another hop on the network.  Wireless cleints would have no choice to make both hops.

Agreed

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Thanks for the diagrams, I like that...  Your third choice is what I was thinking of at the outset, before I signed-up to HSS, but because of the stability issues mentioned; which makes sense to me, I would go for your first choice, except that I would want WiFi connectivity, so a WiFi switch and WiFi adapters on the clients (I would still have an ethernet cable going from the switch to the server though). Simple reason, physical cabling would be very awkward for me due to client sysems that would be in other parts of the house ;)

 

On the Netgear router, this is the one that I currently have http://www.netgear.co.uk/home/products/networking/dsl-modems-routers/dgn2200.aspx - which has up to 300mbs speed.  This was provided by my ISP, I did not buy it myself.

There is no device that is a WiFi switch.

How fast is your internet service Mb/s up and down?

If you want to run your desktops and notebook on WiFi, you would not gain anything by buying a Gigabit switch. The connection from the NetGear to the Gigabit switch would be 100Mb/s. Your current Netgear Modem/Router/WiFi will work for what you want to do. Depending on what you want to do with these devices you may run into bottle-neck issues. Your WiFi is 300Gb/s, but you will be sharing that with three devices. The actual connection to the Wifi will be based on distance and physical issues of your home. Link speed and transfer speed are two different things. Depending on the type of WiFi adapter you put in the desktops your link speed will probably be 150Mb/s or 65Mb/s or less. Actual transfer rate could be half of those speeds. The wired connection to the server is 100Mb/s due to the ports in your current NetGear Modem/Router/WiFi. If you are planning to backup your notebook and the two desktops to the server the 100Mb/s connection is going to be limiting. For example you would not want to backup all three client devices at the same time. Best case scenario, each device would get about 30% of the 100Mb/s connection to the server.  If you are just looking at sharing your internet connection you should be OK. Back ups and streaming from the server could be an issue. You mentioned that the NetGear device was provided by your ISP, I assume you are paying a monthly fee for it? If so, I would ask for a new one that has GigaBit ports and faster WiFi or if your ISP allows, you could buy your own Modem/Router/WiFi and save the monthly fees. Buying your own device means you will need to support it yourself.

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There is no device that is a WiFi switch.

How fast is your internet service Mb/s up and down?

If you want to run your desktops and notebook on WiFi, you would not gain anything by buying a Gigabit switch. The connection from the NetGear to the Gigabit switch would be 100Mb/s. Your current Netgear Modem/Router/WiFi will work for what you want to do. Depending on what you want to do with these devices you may run into bottle-neck issues. Your WiFi is 300Gb/s, but you will be sharing that with three devices. The actual connection to the Wifi will be based on distance and physical issues of your home. Link speed and transfer speed are two different things. Depending on the type of WiFi adapter you put in the desktops your link speed will probably be 150Mb/s or 65Mb/s or less. Actual transfer rate could be half of those speeds. The wired connection to the server is 100Mb/s due to the ports in your current NetGear Modem/Router/WiFi. If you are planning to backup your notebook and the two desktops to the server the 100Mb/s connection is going to be limiting. For example you would not want to backup all three client devices at the same time. Best case scenario, each device would get about 30% of the 100Mb/s connection to the server.  If you are just looking at sharing your internet connection you should be OK. Back ups and streaming from the server could be an issue. You mentioned that the NetGear device was provided by your ISP, I assume you are paying a monthly fee for it? If so, I would ask for a new one that has GigaBit ports and faster WiFi or if your ISP allows, you could buy your own Modem/Router/WiFi and save the monthly fees. Buying your own device means you will need to support it yourself.

 

I think everyone is under the assumption the "WiFi switch" is the router.  But yes, there is no such thing as a "Wifi Switch"

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I think everyone is under the assumption the "WiFi switch" is the router.  But yes, there is no such thing as a "Wifi Switch"

Just trying to clarify, as in figure 'A' the OP has a WiFi network adapter connected to a switch, which of course does not work:

http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/10903-very-first-attempt-at-home-network-server/?p=114104

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There is no device that is a WiFi switch.

How fast is your internet service Mb/s up and down?

If you want to run your desktops and notebook on WiFi, you would not gain anything by buying a Gigabit switch. The connection from the NetGear to the Gigabit switch would be 100Mb/s. Your current Netgear Modem/Router/WiFi will work for what you want to do. Depending on what you want to do with these devices you may run into bottle-neck issues. Your WiFi is 300Gb/s, but you will be sharing that with three devices. The actual connection to the Wifi will be based on distance and physical issues of your home. Link speed and transfer speed are two different things. Depending on the type of WiFi adapter you put in the desktops your link speed will probably be 150Mb/s or 65Mb/s or less. Actual transfer rate could be half of those speeds. The wired connection to the server is 100Mb/s due to the ports in your current NetGear Modem/Router/WiFi. If you are planning to backup your notebook and the two desktops to the server the 100Mb/s connection is going to be limiting. For example you would not want to backup all three client devices at the same time. Best case scenario, each device would get about 30% of the 100Mb/s connection to the server.  If you are just looking at sharing your internet connection you should be OK. Back ups and streaming from the server could be an issue. You mentioned that the NetGear device was provided by your ISP, I assume you are paying a monthly fee for it? If so, I would ask for a new one that has GigaBit ports and faster WiFi or if your ISP allows, you could buy your own Modem/Router/WiFi and save the monthly fees. Buying your own device means you will need to support it yourself.

As schooondoggy said see if you can purchase and use you own modem/router combo it will save you rental fees every month. Your router seems a bit aged and for sure will be a bottle neck for you when trying to put your network under any kind of load. Media streaming/backups/file copying puts a heck of a load on your network.

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