I’m getting ready to run Ethernet cables from my router back to a MacMini (where the Roon Core is) and to two endpoints (both Oppo DVD players). My questions are around how best to make these connections. I can pull and attach the cables but I don’t really understand how best to optimize these connections, especially when switches are involved. Among other things, I’m not sure if it is better to avoid switches altogether or whether it is a no-no to put two switches in the same “circuit” (as described as one option in #3 and #4).
Here are some options I’ve been thinking about. Are any of these ways of going about this better than the others?
- Connect ethernet cables from MacMini and the two Oppos directly to a Fios Router/Modem.
- Connect ethernet cables from MacMini and the two Oppos to an unmanaged switch near the Fios Router/Modem and connect the switch to the Fios Router/modem.
- Put a switch near the Mac Mini and connect ethernet cables from Fios Modem/router (or switch connected to the Fios Modem/router) to the MacMini and the two Oppos .
- Put a switch in a central location roughly equidistant from Fios/Modem Router, Mac Mini, and the two Oppos (roughly 20-30 feet from each of these things) and run ethernet cables from the Fios Modem/router (or switch connected to the Fios Modem/Router) to this centrally located switch.
Of the four options, #4 probably be easier to do (in terms of pulling cable) .