What would SEEM to be an easy/quick question about the new "Wifi modem/router"

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I've got the WiFi modem/router thingy and love it but.....  I could use some more ports from time to time.  Maybe it's all in my head but, I just think that some things NEED to be plugged  in, versus connecting with WiFi.
So... can I add a small switch to this thing and give myself some extra ethernet ports?
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Wes Menzel

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Bev, Champion

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I am not sure, I've never found reason to need more than 4 Ethernet ports. With tow desktop computers in the house, 2 is all I need. The printer and other devices I might connect are wifi capable. I do like the desktops wired but, that's all. TV recivers and smart TVs don't need to be connected at all - they cant stream or download and record on demand shows that way.
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I've got a few devices that have no WiFi option and a few that I would like to hard wire for performance sake.  For whatever reason, the WiFi seems to go a bit wonky when I try connecting to it.  For example, my desktop (hardwired) is currently working fine.  The laptop next to me on the desk (Connected via WiFi, With static IP just stops.  Won't surf, won't see the network, nothing.  iPad does it sometimes as well)

I think I just need to rip the whole thing apart, and put it all back together.  Maybe tomorrow. :)
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I don't see a reason why you wouldn't be able to add a switch.  There is a limit on how many devices the router can handle at once, I want to say no more than 10, but I'm not sure off the top of my head.  I'll do some research and see what I can find.

In any event, as you add more devices, keep in mind that you're splitting the available bandwidth.  Two devices running at the same time will have slower speeds than one.  Add 7-8 devices, all downloading at the same time, you're likely to see significantly slower speeds.
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I wasn't sure, with the absence of a WAN port.  Will have to do some Googling and see what I can find.  Gotta brush up on my networking. :)
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Since you referred to the WiFi modem/router as a "thingy" I hope you understand you need to add an Ethernet Switch and not a simple bunch of wires with electric switches.
  
 The number of devices you can add depends on the DHCP range set in the router.
 
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So I guess that tomorrow I should return the 700 dollars worth of wires, switches, dimmers, GFCIs and the fuse panel I bought for it? ;)
(I'm keeping the colander though, will need to wrap it all in aluminum foil and duct tape before I get started, just in case the WiFi starts leaking when I'm working on it!) :p

Thanks for the words of advice, though. :)