another router needed?

all of the peripherals from the router are being used by flatmates etc.but I need to attatch the x box and mac in my room with only 1 cable coming into the room My PC works wirelessly but I want everything connected. can I get some kind of splitter or do I need another router or what?

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Get a switch

yep 4 port should do you, if your computers etc have a gig network card built in id recommend a gigswitch..

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Paddy_o_furniture;2797666

Get a switch



does that not mean swapping from one to another rather than being networked?

A switch is like a multi port USB thing you can get to add extra USB ports.. only for networks.. You'd plug the one network cable you have into it, then you can add however many other network cables that it supports in, and they all use the same connection (at the same time)

no it just handles the traffic going through it better, a splitter would just send the data to all ports connected to it where as a switch 'knows' which port to send it to.

if you do find a cheap switch let me know, cause im goign to need one in a bit

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another router will do the trick just fine yes. I had the same situation with my pc and ps3....until i realised ps3 has built in wireless lol

get a switch, you can get these for about a tenner

ebuyer.com/sea…e=1

You only need a switch to extend your network its not necessary at all to get a router since you are not going to be routing traffic to another network.

if i already have a router though will that do?

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guerilla;2798401

if i already have a router though will that do?



Thats what I was thinking. I've got one in a cupboard somewhere.

You can use a spare router if you set-up it up to act as a switch (layer 2 networking) and shut down the routing elements (layer 3). It can mean more hassle if you don't really know what you are doing and then experience problems which can become sticky to resolve.

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Alfonse;2800150

You can a use a spare router if you set-up it up to act as a switch … You can a use a spare router if you set-up it up to act as a switch (layer 2 networking) and shut down the routing elements (layer 3). It can mean more hassle if you don't really know what you are doing and then experience problems which can become stick to resolve.



So you'd suggest a switch then?

ludichris;2800172

So you'd suggest a switch then?



Personally yes has it is a fairly simple affair and you only need to plug it in to your router and then use the ports available on the switch for network connectivity.

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Alfonse;2800182

Personally yes has it is a fairly simple affair and you only need to plug … Personally yes has it is a fairly simple affair and you only need to plug it in to your router and then use the ports available on the switch for network connectivity.



I have a cable running into my room for broadband. can I plug this into the switch/router and run all devices out of this?

If you don't want to spend any more money you could just plug the cable into the mac then plug your xbox into your pc and share your wireless connection.

It's what i do with my xbox and my laptop cos i refuse to pay £50 for a wireless adaptor for the xbox :giggle:

Only downside is that your PC will need to be on if you want the xbox to connect to the net.

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biff;2800659

If you don't want to spend any more money you could just plug the cable … If you don't want to spend any more money you could just plug the cable into the mac then plug your xbox into your pc and share your wireless connection.It's what i do with my xbox and my laptop cos i refuse to pay £50 for a wireless adaptor for the xbox :giggle:Only downside is that your PC will need to be on if you want the xbox to connect to the net.



The PC is a laptop and portability is a must. The mac is the worse for ware and the wireless is busted along with the hinge so it'll stay put by the telly for streamin. so just stick with a switch?

will it just let all devices access the internet simultaniously or at least as needed, without having to switch source?

yes

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wolf359;2803255

yes



Thank you a switch is whats needed!:thumbsup:

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