This is an extension of my post on building a second htpc:
After I finish my new computer, I will have two hard wired computers, a hard wired Xbox, a hard wired bluray player, a wifi media streamer, two wifi laptops, and two wifi smartphones on my home network.
I currently have a basic N band Belkin wifi router that I have been pretty pleased with for the last two years. I would like to optimize the speed of everything, since I've noticed the speed of the wifi internet gets slowed down when my extender is actively streaming live tv.
I know the logical thing to do is keep my router for the wifi devices, but I am unsure exactly how to integrate that with a gigabit switch. Networking is by far my weakest pc area. I have found many different things online about what exactly I need and how to hook it up.
1) recommend an inexpensive gigabit switch that will allow me to route all those devices through my new house (I am laying ethernet cord down this weekend). I don't want any more features than I really need, since I won't know how to use them.
2) I need to know how to wire everything together. From what I've read, I will plug all the gadgets into the switch, and then connect one of the open ports on the switch into one of the router's pc ports. Is this accurate? Is there a better way to optimize internet speed to the devices while allowing wifi access?