Switching TV's to ethernet
I have a NVG589 R/T, a VIP2250 DVR, and 5 VIP1200 STB's connected through COAX. I have been set up with COAX for 8 years with intermittent problems. Recentlly performance has degraded. I suspect connflicts on the COAX network and want to install CAT 6 to upgrade the system. I plan on using an unmanaged switch for the TV's and another for internet traffic. There are some enhanced switches that allow segregation of ports, but for simplicity I plan on using separate switches. I have three specific questions and would welcome any other advice.
1. I have read several recommendations of a Netgear 108 type unmanaged switch for the TV's. Is this the best option or are their better unmanaged switches that will work? Perhaps one that runs a little cooler?
2. Can I simply unplug my boxes from COAX and plug them into the switch connected to a port on my NVG589 and have the R/T recognize them?
3. Several posts I have read recommend connecting the DVR directly to the R/T. Should I use one port for the DVR and another for the switch with the other STB's or should the DVR and STB's all be on one switch connected to R/T?