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I need some help I have 4 separate LAN internet connections that I would like to connect to a computer server to redistribute as one connection to 5 rooms, and would also like to have wireless access points.

My internet connection is coming from 4 separate LAN cables. I want to redistribute my connection as one combined connection to several devices.

I have:
- TP-link 8-port splitters
- Wireless Access points
- A customizable PC that I would like to use as the server.

What do I need to get? (switch/router/other..)
How do I need to do this? (Connect this/that/etc..)

Also I think I need to get several LAN cards to connect all my internet connections to my PC.
So how many LAN cards do I need (is it 5? 4 for inputs 1 for output || or is there another sort of way I can connect them by using 1 LAN card and a switch or router or something).

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I think such kind of networking topology will always be ambiguous if you try to explain it just in a couple of lines. I definitely suggest for you to add any scheme. You can do it easily using some diagram editor like yED (yworks.com/en/products_yed_about.html), open source and including computer cliparts for what you need. – Sopalajo de Arrierez Feb 10 '14 at 0:53
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You need to configure the customisable PC as a router.
The easiest way to do this would be to grab one of the prebuilt router *Nix distributions like PFSense as that will do a lot of the heavy lifting for you. The distribution will have load balancing features that you will need to utilise to balance the connections across the 4 internet connections

You will need to have a look at the router distribution's documentation to determine how to setup the load balancing.

The PC will need 5 NICs to be able to connect to all of the connections.
4 NICs will connect to the separate internet connections, and the 5th will connect to your home network. Normally this would go into a switch.

Here's a list of router distributions to get you started. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_router_and_firewall_distributions

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Thank you for the help, I have one more question: My 5th NIC will connect to the main switch, should I connect the rest of my Access points and switches into it? And How many devices do you think I can handle with this setup? – ThaBomb Feb 10 '14 at 12:43
    
Yes, connect everything else to the Main Switch. You can handle a lot. I have 17 ? devices hanging off a similar setup, except I only have 1 internet connection. – Lawrence Feb 11 '14 at 4:19

Another option is to use a pepwave WAN balancing router. It will balance traffic across all 4 internet connections, while providing failover protection as well.

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