I'm getting to the point where the four Ethernet ports my router provides just aren't enough. I've now ordered an Ethernet switch that's guaranteed to work with my STB out of the box, but I'm not sure what the best way is to connect everything.
Basically, I will have five Ethernet cables I'll need to connect in the living room, leading to the following:
1) The set-top box
2) Another Ethernet switch hooked up to a media PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Blu-ray player, TV and AV receiver.
3) A WD MyBookLive
4 and 5) Ethernet connections to the bedroom and office
Now, my question is about the recommended way of hooking up these five things. Do I connect the Ethernet switch mentioned at the beginning to the router and everything else to the switch (which means I'll have two cascaded switches)? Or do I try to use all of the router's ports and only then start connecting things to the switch?
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