Moderately expensive lesson...
I learned a moderately expensive lesson the past week...
Network switches are in no way akin to routers.
Switches do not work for setting up home networks where you only have one IP address from your internet service provider.
Routers are what you need if you are setting up a home network in most cases. Routers take the one IP and then they create additional IP's for each computer on the network.
Stay away from network hubs. They are just about useless.
So there you go. Information I give you for free, that ended up costing me 60 bucks. Its funny, I can build PC's, trouble shoot all kinds of software issues, code internet applications, but I'll be damned if I could figure all this out without cussing a blue streak at the guy at Best Buy.