question I think I need a router - dumb question

Adcadet

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My router is a DIR-655, and only has 4 (gigabit) ports. I'm contemplating a fifth computer in the house that would need a wired connection. What's the easiest way of going to >4 gigabit PCs? Getting a dedicated (non-wifi) gigabit router and putting some of the PCs on that? Connect on of my DIR-655's ports to a port on the new router? Is there any performance hit of significance if network traffic has to go from PC-router-router-PC or internet-modem-router-router-PC? I feel like I should know such a basic question.
 

ddrueding

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All you need is a gigabit network switch. This will keep your current router and just get you more ports.

This is my current favorite: Netgear GS105

Just run a short network cable from one of the ports on your router to one of the ports here and you are golden.
 

Clocker

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Seconded. I have that switch and the performance is great.
 
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