Router/splitter problem

By Zurles
Jan 21, 2012
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  1. Hey,

    I'm a uni student living a flat with 4 other people. We all hoard the internet and all 5 of us have wired connections, problem is there only 4 wired slots in the router between 5 of us.

    I've bought a splitter from Ebay and all I received was the local network and restricted/no internet access. I've searched a bit and i'm basically confused what splitter do i need to buy to effectively get 5 internet slots from a 4 slot router.

    Thanks!
  2. raybay

    raybay TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    Who is your internet provider ? How many computers would be connected to the unit at one time... maximum?
    Start your research with something simple like this Item
    Netgear EN108TP Ethernet Network Hub 8 Port 10Base-T that you will find a lot of similar and better products on eBay, then look for "Ethernet Extenders", some of which will have four, 8 or 16 ports... The good ones will come with drivers and instructions for setup.
    There are some very good little books such as the Internet for Dummies or Ethernet for dummies... usually for less than $6 which will help you find the way.
    There are tricks about cable placement and connectors.
    Good luck. Let us know what you worked out.
  3. Zurles

    Zurles TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 123

    Virgin media is the internet provider, 5 will be connected at once max.

    I have to buy a hub? can't a small splitter work to just add 1 more connection?
  4. raybay

    raybay TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    If you want it to work well, get something that connects to the router that can equally split all the cables to each user... It will save you less trouble and argument in the long run.
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,346   +300

    the primary requisite is a modem->router

    plug your hub directly into one of the router slots (leaving typically three for existing connections).

    now connect the other two systems into the hub

    DONE.

    The router will provide DHCP services for all system (even wifi) and fill the TCP settings with the gateway, mask, DNS settings and a unique IP address for each.
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,346   +300

    Status update???


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