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Beginner question: 2Devices on 1 Cable?

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May 21, 2013 3:54:43 PM

Hello everyone ,

I have some basic computer knowledge and I know how I can do this by purchasing a switch or an additional router but I was hoping maybe there is another way.

So my router is in my office up stairs. I have a wired connection to that running to my Gaming PC downstairs. Next to the PC is my television. I have a WD Media Player with a 2TB HDD connected to it. The media player also streams Netflix/Youtube/Hulu if connected with an ethernet cable. I have been unplugging my PC when I want to watch something on Netflix and then later plugging it back in for Gaming/Browsing. I know I could use another router here but I was hoping there was simpler way , like maybe an adapter?

I do not need the Computer and Netflix device to communicate with each other , I just need both of them to be able to access the internet without pulling any plugs. It would be a plus if they could both use it at the same time , but this is not necessary.

I am looking for the cheapest simplest solution possible. Running the wire all the way to my router is a pain in the ass and I do not want to go through it again.

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May 21, 2013 4:09:30 PM
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A small switch by the TV is really the only option if you don't want to run a second cable.

20 bucks. . . http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...


May 21, 2013 4:09:53 PM

Now I think a switch is your best bet. I have a couple for that situation. Get a four/five port switch. use the cable that goes to the PC as your input to the switch then hookup the computer and media box to the switch. You don't need to run any extra wires to the router and yes you can use them at the same time.

I have the Netgear that Traciatim linked.
May 21, 2013 4:13:03 PM

A small switch will do the job. If you go with off brand names you can get a 10/100 for under $10 but you can get a 10/100/1000 for under $20 also.
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