I got 2 netgear WNR3500 refurb routers from newegg. One I was using as my router, and the other as a wireless bridge on the other side of my house. The problem is that the internal antennas suck, and even though its only 50 feet away my signal sucked. My wireless worked better with my old wireless g routers. So I just said screw it, spent $20 on a cat6 cable, and ran it to the other side of my house. Now I have 2 WNR3500 routers running tomato usb, and I figure I can use one as my router at one end of the house, and the other one as an access point at the other, and I should have a decent signal throughout my house. Its actually how I had my old house set up. I have 2 3com gigabit switches sitting on a shelf. Should I use the switch and the router, or just the router. Using the router means less wires, uses less electricity, and uses one less plug, but I'm not sure if it will function as well.
So would I be better off using the gigabit switch I already have?
Or would it make no difference if I used the router as a switch and access point?
There is one more thing. I really really want to use jumbo frames, but I always have that one device that does not support it. Right now thats my printer. Is there a way for me to use my second router, do like a virtual lan, and setup jumbo frames? Maybe use the switch, then connect the wan on the router to incoming connection, and the connect the printer to the lan port, and port forward whatever port it uses?