Got the cheap ($15) four port switch in and ..... it worked! Now I can download a movie and watch it, or stream a movie and the house keeps working just fine. Like one of the folks that commented on my problem described, this was easy to fix, just unexpected.
I've found over and over again that the more expensive items aren't necessary. The switches I looked at ran from $15 to way over a hundred bucks. I chose the cheapest I could find that was easily returned if it didn't work. There was no time pressure, I could wait for an order to come in and return it and try again if necessary, so I felt it was worth it to see if the cheapest would work. I don't have a clue how long it will work though; only time will tell me that. It may be that the power supply is running over capacity and it will die a day or so after the warranty expires; I've had that happen with DSL modems twice now, and they weren't the cheapest I could find.
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