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is it possible to split an ethernet cable with a small adapter...

By josharm ยท 7 replies
May 8, 2006
  1. i have a ethernet cable running about 20 meters from our router. i want to know if it's possible to split this ethernet cable so the person in the room above me (we live out the back of a bvig house) can connect to without having to run another 25 meter ethernet cable back to the router inside. i imagined there would be some type of double adapter like i have on the phone line for the adsl. i imagine putting a splitter on my ethernet line would disrupt the signal but just want to make sure.
    The guy at tandy reckons we have to buy some router type thing for around 200 bucks.
    what do you think?
  2. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,168

    thats what hubs and switches are for ;)
  3. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

  4. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Actually such a split line may be faster than a hub or a switch since both computers have a dedicated line running to the router.. That is if the signal quality doesn't get too bad and they are actually communicating with other machines connected to the router.

    You most certainly do not need such an expensive router - I suggest you do not ask any more advice from that shop. A CAT5 splitter or a second-hand hub will cost you next to nothing.
  5. benken2202001

    benken2202001 TS Booster Posts: 115   +17

    get a 5$ splitter from a nearby college campus electronics store. They have them for dorm rooms usually.

    I did have a problem with one of these however. the cable is split into A and B exit ports. for some reason my computer would only connect to port A (even though my roommates worked fine with both ports). So if you have this problem, just try switching them =D
  6. josharm

    josharm TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks heaps

    I think you just saved us some cash.
    i love this site!/forum
  7. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    You can get a broadband router for about $50. (3-port). Should do the trick.
  8. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

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