Home Networking Issue

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by SAPo57, Mar 13, 2006.

  1. SAPo57

    SAPo57 Network Guru Member

    1. my dsl modem is the main gateway
    2. a switch connects to the the modem
    3. a broadband router connects to the switch
    4. a wireless router connects to the broadband router

    *Exception: wireless router can't be configured to connect to modem nor switch only through the broadband router.

    *most of the computers in my house connect to the wireless router wirelessly since they are located to far to have a wired connection and also the wireless roouter has better security features.

    *the broadband router (wired) is used to connect game devices such as XBOX's, and PS2's s. This router has better features for gaming because of its ability to customize ports for forwarding, DMZ, etc.

    Issue: Now I would like to know that eliminating some devices like the switch help increase bandwidth and decrease collision domains? The switch is just used to connect to the modems local ip address and gain control of its interfaces.
  2. t4thfavor

    t4thfavor Network Guru Member

    does your dsl modem have an internal ip and an external ip? does it have dhcp for users? when connected to the switch?

    if all of theese routers are used then why use the switch at all?

    why cant the gateway be plugged into the router directly.

    what model#'s are the routers/gateway/other stuff.

    answer these questions and then we can probably help you.

    it should look like this ideally

    Internet----dsl Modem------wifiRouter ((())))wireless clients
    Wired clients.
    EDIT: the wired clients should come from the wifi router, most have 4 ports.

    then sitting in the closet should be the switch and the other router.
    most all routers can do DMZ and port forwards.
  3. SAPo57

    SAPo57 Network Guru Member

    1. Im not sure what is an internal and an external ip, but here's what it shows me on its online interface:

    IP Address

    IP Gateway Internally generated

    2. the gateway can be plugged into the router directly, but I thought if i use the switch and wireless router to connect the computers then the broadband router(which connects to the switch) will have the most bandwidth for the gaming devices.

    3. model#'s: for modem is C90-610030-06, for broadband router is RT41-BU v.1, for wireless router is WRT54GS v.4

    one more thing the broadband router that connects to the switch doesn't connect any wireless devices only the wireless router, which connets to the router "WIRED".
  4. SAPo57

    SAPo57 Network Guru Member


    INTERNET -----(PPPoE)-----MODEM----(Ethernet)-------SWITCH------


    1. modem=1 RJ-45 port
    2. switch= 5 RJ-45 autosensing ports
    3. both routers= 5 RJ-45 port & 1 internet port

    So if every device is hooked to one router connected the modem would it increase my bandwidth, because im thinking that the router will have to work harder for more devices which will cause it to: have traffic slowed down, more collisions, decreased throughput since a lot of devices in session at the same time consumes most of the router's performance, etc...
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