Im not very knowledgeble in networking, but im trying very hard to do my homework before i buy something i dont want. I like playing games online and have about 4 computers (im also a fan of lan parties, say bout 3 more comps) i'd like to share internet among them and i got 2 static IPs so that i can not just play games but run a server once in a while and play on it.
But more to the point... as i understood a switch (heard they are better then hubs, which i already own) is the best for my configuration, so i set my eye on NETGEAR 8 Port 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet Switch w/ Auto Uplink Model FS108, feel free to suggest something else.
Second consern is about network adapters, some of my pcs have integrated adapters, is there a performance difference between integrated adapters and dedicaded PCI cards and is it safer to stick with same company for all your networking equipment i.e. im getting a netgear switch should i get the adapters from netgear also or is it ok to get them say from linksys?
Any help is appreciated, thanx.
PS: gimme slack on spelling, english is my second language.