I'd like to understand please how using a switch with my cable or (future) fibre router will affect perfomance.
I've currently got a Virgin superhub (Netgear VMDG480) with a wirelessly connected laptop.
The superhub only has 3 ethernet ports and I need 8 so I connected a NetGear GS108 (8 port gigabit switch) to a port on the superhub.
Do I need to do anything special to configure this? Use a particular phyiscal port? Any settings in the router?
Does it matter which port I connect my devices to?
eg: Am I best to have my gaming rig and VPN rig plugged directly into the router and the less "ping sensitive" devices connected to the switch?
I did some testing and weirdly it seems the copying from PC A to B is slightly faster when A is on the switch and B is on the router (compared to both devices on the switch).
Looking forward I will be buying a new pppoe router when I get fibre (FTTC)...
Is it OK performance wise to continue using the switch hanging off the router?
Or should I look for an 8 port wireless pppoe router? (Sadly there are not many of these once I eliminate Netgear).
Any suggestions appreciated.