Here is my current setup so you will better be able to understand/answer my question. I currently have a cable modem, connected to a D-Link Cable/DSL router. That router has a number of devices connected to it. One of the ports goes to my 10/100 12 port hub. On that 10/100 hub numerous computers are connected to it. I now have a NETGEAR wireless router attached to the 10/100 12 port hub. I could have gotten an access point, but the router was a better deal with all the rebates. (:
OK, so I see with this setup constant traffic all over the place. Expected since regular hubs are chatty and talk to everything trying to communicate. If I was to replace the 10/100 hub with a switch, which is supposed to manage mac addresses / ip connections and route the traffic to the right system without all the chatter, how does this work with the NETGEAR or D-LINK routers in the chain? If I plug in a router to the switch, how does the switch know to route traffic for all the computers connected to the router the requests? Does it have the ability to know that there are multiple mac addresses on one network connection? Is this a bad setup?
If I have not explained it well, let me know and I can clarify further.