I grew tired of my internet connection failing and having to unplug on a frequent basis. Since it was Christmas time I decided to treat myself and buy a new ADSL/modem router to replace my old (cheap) one in the hope of a steadier connection.
My little home network consists of:
An elderly iMac running 10.6.8 (can't upgrade beyond that)
A PC (don't ask)
A printer connected to the iMac via USB (but I would like to add a wireless printer at some point)
An airport express and a few devices (iPhone/iPad) which connect to it
The old adsl modem router, was a four port device with integral WiFi, which I didn't connect to, because the Airport Express (connected into one of the ethernet ports) was better in terms of signal strength and reliability.
I deliberately chose a new modem which had no wifi and figured I would connect the Mac, PC and Airport Express to 3 of the 4 ethernet ports and just use the Airport Express for WiFi.
However, when I received the unit, I realised that I'd messed up by assuming that there would be 4 ethernet ports and there aren't on this modem. The modem I have bought is a D-Link ADSL2+ modem, model DSL-320B and it only has ONE ethernet port.
So, my question(s):
1/ Should I just send the thing back and get another model with 4 ports?
2/ Should I buy a router to give me more ports and if so what should I look for?
3/ Should I consider ditching the Airport Express and buying a router with integrated wireless?
Would welcome your thoughts.