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    Splitting an ethernet connection

    Hi, currently my setup is like this.

    Modem/router--->ethernet cable------>PC.

    Would it be possible to split the ethernet cable so I can plug it into my xbox and computer?

    Thanks

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    Banned

    Get a switch.

    Original Poster

    You mean something like this?

    play.com/PC/…tml?_%24ja=tsid:11518|cc:|prd:12505672|cat:Networking

    Banned

    Why not.

    I had the exact same problem so i bought this. play.com/PC/…tml

    Works easy (just plugged cables in, turned it on and all done).

    Or just get a wireless router. They usually have 3 or 4 ports.

    Yes, I used that model to do the same thing until I upgraded to gigabit. Will work fine.

    I use one of these to plug my blu ray player/x box/and other comp in the main room,I just run a ethernet cable from the router in the hall to this box and just plug them all in the back, for £7.49 it's a nice little box.

    play.com/PC/…tml

    Original Poster

    Whats the advantage of gigabit?

    Civic EG6

    Whats the advantage of gigabit?



    Gigabit is just the speed of the communication between network devices. Most devices use 100Mbit/second but the next step up in speed is 1 Gigabit/second. You should be fine with either of those switches.as your Xbox only communicates at 100 Mbits/s.
    It may sound daft but has your router only got one port? If so you migh be as well off taking the saints advice and get a new router with multiple ports. A bit more expensive but if it's wireless you have the advantage of being able to connect wireless devices to your system.

    Unless like mine the router has 30 metres of cable before it gets to the front room

    I only upgraded to gigabit because I move big files around the network and stream mkvs (which worked reasonably well with 100 anyway)

    Can i use one of these for the following situation..
    Router is downstairs, so one big Ethernet cable leading up to my room.. Can I plug one if these into that long Ethernet cable and then put 3 other cables into It leading to my xbox ps3 and apple tv?
    Thanks
    Jack

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    spikeyjacko

    Can i use one of these for the following situation..Router is downstairs, … Can i use one of these for the following situation..Router is downstairs, so one big Ethernet cable leading up to my room.. Can I plug one if these into that long Ethernet cable and then put 3 other cables into It leading to my xbox ps3 and apple tv?ThanksJack



    If you're talking about a switch then yes.

    spikeyjacko

    Can i use one of these for the following situation..Router is downstairs, … Can i use one of these for the following situation..Router is downstairs, so one big Ethernet cable leading up to my room.. Can I plug one if these into that long Ethernet cable and then put 3 other cables into It leading to my xbox ps3 and apple tv?ThanksJack



    Yes, what do you do now out of interest?

    spikeyjacko

    Can i use one of these for the following situation..Router is downstairs, … Can i use one of these for the following situation..Router is downstairs, so one big Ethernet cable leading up to my room.. Can I plug one if these into that long Ethernet cable and then put 3 other cables into It leading to my xbox ps3 and apple tv?ThanksJack



    Thats what I do with the one that I put on, just hook it up like you have said and thats all you do, you put the ehernet cable into the router downstairs and then into the back of the box upstairs and then plug your other stuff into that box aswell, on mine you hook it upto the mains aswell, the speed don't drop.

    Original Poster

    Well I live ina student house, the router has four ports and they are all used. So I need to split my cable for my 3 devices. Thanks for the suggestions.

    sancho1983

    Yes, what do you do now out of interest?



    At the moment I switch the ethernet cable between each one!

    Which is better of the two posted on here?
    cheers!
    Edited by: "spikeyjacko" 27th Oct 2010

    A switch will work fine.

    spikeyjacko

    Which is better of the two posted on here?cheers!



    I had the first one and it worked perfectly, I have the gigabit version of the second one and works well also. Not sure that helps, toss a coin
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