Some of the posts I've read concern the configuration of routers and switches. One thing I've learned on my little quest, I've been tring to setup a switch myself, is all switches are not the same. Do your homework before you decicde to inplement a new piece of equiptment. I brought a Netgear Prosafe VPN Firewall 8 switch with the intention of installing it in my network. I spent two weeks tring to get it to work. Along the way I found out it was a combonation switch and router. Had I been a little more educated on the specification of this router I would have know this from the start. The bottom line is this device will not work with my cable modem,gateway. They are both tring to controll the same function at the same time. And they both have the same IP adderss. Even more confusing was the fact that the switch would run on the LAN side w/o an issue. All my connectd devices worked flawlessly, it just could'n connect to the internet, the WAN side. So be carefull of the equiptment you think you have and just take a minute to reasearch it. You could be surprised at what you find.