For connecting multiple switches (3 in this case), if your router has Gigabit LAN, is it best to to have a cord from 3 different ports on the router to each switch or to have the router go into 1 switch and then daisy chain the switches... or... does it really matter?
Neither. Router to Switch at the hub, then spoke other switches.
Correct. that is what I said, in a slightly more technical way.