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how to split ethernet

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Building a htpc I have run a single ethernet line. I would like to split that line between tv, xbox, roku, and htpc.

My ideal solution would be a card that sits in the htpc and can run in sleep mode. Is there something like this?
post #2 of 15
I assume that ethernet cable is connected to the router, correct? If so, you need to buy a switch.

Here is an example of one
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833704042
post #3 of 15
Like Mrkazador said, hook up a switch, plug the other devices in and your good to go.

I don't thin their is a card that will do what you want.
post #4 of 15
There are USB powered switches/hubs. That is probably the closest you would get to a card inside a case.
post #5 of 15
Or, if you happen to have an old router laying around, you can use that. Just Google for instructions. That's what I use and it works fine. That said, switches are fairly inexpensive.
post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by mccordm View Post

Or, if you happen to have an old router laying around, you can use that. Just Google for instructions. That's what I use and it works fine. That said, switches are fairly inexpensive.

I do this.

It was easy.
post #7 of 15
For splitting you want a switch, not an additional router.
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by Lars99 View Post

For splitting you want a switch, not an additional router.

I think the point that mccordm was trying to make is that most routers have a 4 port switch built into them and this can be used rather than buying a dedicated switch. Only thing you need to do is to turn DHCP off on the 2nd router which is acting as your switch
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by salacious View Post

I think the point that mccordm was trying to make is that most routers have a 4 port switch built into them and this can be used rather than buying a dedicated switch. Only thing you need to do is to turn DHCP off on the 2nd router which is acting as your switch

Agreed... if the OP happens to have a 2nd router (w/ built in switch) just lying around doing nothing, it can be easily configured for use as an ethernet switch.

If not, as mentioned earlier, basic 10/100 switches are very cheap... in fact, here's a deal that I saw on Slickdeals just now (still in stock, as of this writing):


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Newegg has 5-Port ASUS GX1005B 10/100 Desktop Unmanaged Switch for $20 - $10 promo code EMCYTZT1449 - $10 rebate = Free. Shipping is $3.99.


Here's the link to Newegg:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833320044

Here's a direct link to the Asus rebate form:
http://images10.newegg.com/uploadfil...pr3012sg33.pdf
post #10 of 15
Some routers may have some quirky bugs with handling UPnP multicast frames. This is especially true if you have a mix of 100MB and GB NIC's.
BTDT:And it drove me nuts.. Toss all the HTPC gear on a switch and you will be a happy camper.
post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 
Darn, nothing internal? I am running out of space behind the tv...


Would something like this run in sleep mode?
http://www.amazon.com/Levelone-FNC-0.../dp/B0028N6WUY
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by grathan View Post

Darn, nothing internal? I am running out of space behind the tv...


Would something like this run in sleep mode?
http://www.amazon.com/Levelone-FNC-0.../dp/B0028N6WUY

A five port switch isn't very large, I'm sure you can find room.

Like this http://www.amazon.com/TRENDnet-Unman..._bxgy_e_text_b

One of the pictures shows that it is smaller than a mouse.

You'll need five ports since you connect your main cable to one port then the other four to your devices.

When using a switch your maximum bandwidth between all devices and your router is equal to your router's connection bandwidth. However, all devices connected on the switch can communicate with each other at full speed.
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by bryansj View Post

A five port switch isn't very large, I'm sure you can find room.

Like this http://www.amazon.com/TRENDnet-Unman..._bxgy_e_text_b

One of the pictures shows that it is smaller than a mouse.

You'll need five ports since you connect your main cable to one port then the other four to your devices.

When using a switch your maximum bandwidth between all devices and your router is equal to your router's connection bandwidth. However, all devices connected on the switch can communicate with each other at full speed.

I have 3 of those switches, they are pretty nice. They are a bit bigger than a mouse though. Probably the size of 2 mice.
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by Jobber8742 View Post

I have 3 of those switches, they are pretty nice. They are a bit bigger than a mouse though. Probably the size of 2 mice.

I'm looking at the fourth picture on the link. There is a mouse sitting on top of this thing (a computer mouse, not a living mouse).
post #15 of 15
If you insist on using the one you linked from amazon, it will be fine. Another option is to adda nother NIC to your HTPC, and run a switch software. I did that in the 90's to split the incoming ISDN to another computer. You just run 2 NIC's and software.

Also, Meritline has etherner splitter, but what they do, is they split the 100 base into two 10 base drops.
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