more ports on physical network
by Bob Cole on Jun 26, 2008 at 8:07:20 pm
I have a Netgear RangeMax WNR854T (?) 1 gb router/wireless router. It has four physical ports, which I'm occasionally unplugging and replugging them, usually when clients are in the room needing to connect to the Internet. I'm thinking of adding an LTO tape backup device which would sit on the network as well, at which point I will ALWAYS need five ports at least.
I have had great luck with this router. I even bought an identical backup, because in my experience routers are the first things to fail (usually when you have a client in the room).
I'd like to have more physical ports for my network, and don't know how to go about it. Can I simply plug in a second router to one of the ports on this one? Would I be taking a major performance hit? If so, would that performance hit be confined to the devices that are connected to the secondary router, or to the whole network? Or, should I bite the bullet and buy a replacement for the router that I already have?
btw, it's a Mac/PC network and I have never had the time to go through everything and set that up properly (I have to reestablish the PCs on the Mac every time I boot up, and the PCs never see the Mac), but it works when I need it to.
MacPro 2 x 3GHz dualcore; 10 GB 667MHz
Sony HDV Z1
Sony HDV M25U
Re: more ports on physical network by mike velte on Jun 27, 2008 at 11:20:49 am
Having 2 routers in a series can cause some issues, specifically email and other logins. Both routers will send a login request at the same time and then the server will reject them thinking a DOS attack is happening.
I have experienced this with SBC modems and routers that are hybrid routers.
You can easily and cheaply put a switcher/hub behind your router for more ports.