I have recently finished my new house and while redoing it I ran Cat6 throughout. The game plan is to have a gigabit switch in the central spot of the house that I ran all the lines to, and a second gigabit switch in the living room where I have a computer, xbox 360, and PS3. I have cable internet and wanted to get a new wireless router with gigabit switch also for my home office where I have a networked printer, and another desktop.
I was essentially thinking 2 8-port gigabit switches and the wireless N router should cover me. When I started looking around I started getting lost in all the options available in the switches. I had assumed I just used a cross-over cable to connect the switches and router together, and the router would do the DHCP for my connected devices.
My question is what features should I look for in switches and the router? Should I try to stick with one brand?
Is there more about linking the switches and router together that I should know before tackling this?
Update: I ended up getting two Netgear Gigabit Switches which I have set up and am very pleased with. Thanks for everyone's help. I did decide to wait to get a new router though, I couldn't make a decision, so I am just holding on to the old one for now.