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ethernet splitter?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by spartanstew, Nov 15, 2007.

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  1. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

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    Didn't know which forum to post this off-topic question in, so here goes:

    I have an ethernet cable running to my equipment area (it runs from the wiring closet in a spare bedroom through the attic and drops down from the ceiling behind a false wall where all my equipment in the HT is). It's just a loose cable that is connected to the back on my HR20. I also have a Toshiba A2 HD DVD player that needs an internet connection occasionally to get updates.

    It's somewhat of a pain to wheel out my equipment rack and unplug the cable from the HR20 and plug it into the A2 when I need to force an upgrade (it's also somewhat of a pain to unplug it from the HR20 when a CE download results in hang-ups).

    I would imagine there must be some type of ethernet splitter that I can use to connect them both from one line? Anyone know where I can get one? It can have a manual switch, because both pieces of equipment wouldn't need to access the internet at the same time.

    Thanks
     
  2. dalepm

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    You need an Ethernet switch. There are some in $20.00 to $30.00 range.
     
  3. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

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    Best Buy and places like that?
     
  4. wwfman98

    wwfman98 New Member

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    There is no way to split ethernet but you should be able to use any ethernet switch. You can usually get one with 4 ports for fairly cheap.
     
  5. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

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    Thanks wwfman.


    :welcome_s to the forum
     
  6. 1948GG

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    Others have suggested switches, which are reasonably inexpensive these days, but you can get a simple repeater/hub (with at least 3 ports obviously) for somewhere around $5 or thereabouts, even for a 10/100 type. It's a real 'giveaway' item.

    IF you're on a real budget..!
     
  7. dalime

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