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Do I need another 4 port or one 8 port router?
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Steve
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January 7, 2014 - 9:24 am
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Recently, one of my 4 port routers died and I am not sure what replacement I should buy.

This is my current setup: From my ISP's gateway, I ran two CAT5e cables connecting one to each router. (Currently I have a working D-Link DIR-825).

My question is, should I purchase a new 8 port router and use just one CAT5e cable, or get another 4 port router?

Not sure which way would be best for the network speed and congestion.

When looking at either a 4 or 8 port unit, what specs should I be looking for?

I do not play online games.
I am connecting:
3 desktops
2 laptops - sometimes wireless
1 security DVR
1 Television

Hope I supplied enough info without confusing it more.

Thanks
Steve

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David Hartsock
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For simplicity I would just buy one router with sufficient connections for all the required devices. Each device adds a bit of latency so you might even see a perceived performance increase when communicating with devices that were previously on separate routers.

Something as simple as http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833704070 would work wonderfully.

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David,
Thanks for the suggestion, sounds right to me. Also, thanks for the link, looks like a good choice.

Steve

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