I am building a new home and I have network cables running to every room essentially (around 11-12 locations).
In the past I have had a wireless router that has a 4 port switch, which has worked okay because I just used wireless for most things. Now that I have potentially 12 locations that all need to be active at one time the router no longer cuts it, since it only has a 4-port switch.
I'm thinking I can keep my wireless router with 4-port switch, and hook up a 12-16 port switch to one of the connections on the router. My question is how does port-forwarding work in this configuration? Does the separate switch have a single IP address or will it work essentially the same as the 4-port switch on the wireless router?
Any good resources someone can point me to would be great as well, as this will be my first venture into a larger home network.