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So much to say, such a small box...

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comment Small home network cabling/routing/switching advice
Sorry for (after much deliberation) having to select @Paul's answer as the accepted one given you essentially made the same points, were exceptionally magnanimous and provided essential validation (and critique of) the other asnwer.
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accepted Small home network cabling/routing/switching advice
Oct
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comment Small home network cabling/routing/switching advice
Thanks for the inputs, good to get the list completed. Was wondering how common an 8 port device with WiFi would be - will bear it in mind when I select
Oct
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comment Small home network cabling/routing/switching advice
@Paul I get your point, and thanks for clarifying the necessity (to be fair you did qualify it in your initial answer). As it happens, there's a computer desk to hide the clutter to a degree
Oct
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comment Small home network cabling/routing/switching advice
@sawdust: Thanks very much for the insightful inputs - just the sort of detail I was after
Oct
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comment Small home network cabling/routing/switching advice
Ah, that figures - a friend who suggested a patch panel might have a role to play definitely qualifies for that badge. And props for recommending a portion of the other answer!
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comment Small home network cabling/routing/switching advice
Thanks - ack the justification/idea for a gigabit hub/switch (though as mentioned in the other, I'm some distance off using it as I dont have a gigabit net card yet). Am I right in saying you dont see any reason for extra hardware such as patch panels as mentioned in @Paul's answer (and that there's no way to achieve the result without a switch/hub). Also I'm assuming you're suggesting (as I thought initially) that there's no reason for a switch over a hub in my context (though a switch is better if its not much dearer).
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comment Small home network cabling/routing/switching advice
Thanks Paul, much appreciated. Now some more silly questions... I take point 1/2 (though I dont actually have any GB network cards right now). 3) Is this functionally equivalent to a wall mount patch panel like this‌​? Am I right in thinking it merges traffic from 8 CAT7s into 1 (prob not - if not, how many cables go from the patch panel/enclosure to the switch)? If it just merges the traffic, does that mean modem sends into switch, which has 2 outs - a)router, b) single patch lead to the enclosure/patch panel 4) thanks.
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