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Do I need a hub or a switch? Or something else?

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March 22, 2014 10:25:14 AM

Hi Everyone!

I currently use a powerline network adapter to run my connection from my living room (where the modem and router are) to my bedroom. (The wi-fi does not really get back here.) I have a PC connected to the powerline adapter and the Apple TV on the janky wi-fi. The problem is they can't see each other. I want to hardwire the Apple TV on the same network. How can I do this? Here's a crude diagram of what I want to achieve.

http://i.imgur.com/oaQNOD1.jpg?1

Is this what switches or hubs are for?

Any help would be appreciated! Thanks in advance.

edit: diagram added

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March 22, 2014 10:32:42 AM

No diagram
You will be hard pressed to find a hub.
A switch is a smart hub, and the price is the same, so I don't think they make hubs anymore.
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March 22, 2014 10:36:07 AM

Don't use Hubs. They are what we consider "Dumb" and are like a 4 way intersection with no stop signs and can crash your network.

You want a Switch. A simple 4 Port Switch will do. There are a lot of brands out there. I have tired Rosewill, Netgear, Linksys, Cisco, Dell, Zylex, D-Link, and a few others and they all work flawlessly for me and my clients. Weather you get a 10/100 or a 10/100/1000 (What we call Gigabit) is up to you. If the PC and the Apple TV both have Gigabit then get the gigabit switches. The 10/100 will do about 12.5 Megabytes Max while the Gigabit does 10 ties that much at 125 Megabytes per second but again that depends on the network, the PC's, and if your using a hard drive vs SSD. Unless your streaming higher than 1080 stuff even 100 megabit is still plenty depending on the compression rate of the video.

Just just get a switch, plug one cable into the Power line adapter, then plug the Apple TV and the PC into another port. Doesn't matter which port your use on any of them.
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March 22, 2014 10:40:28 AM

I found a use for old hubs, for what it is worth,

If you put a hub between your Router, and you first switch, you can sniff and monitor all the data coming and going.
You can't do that with a switch.
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March 22, 2014 11:54:42 AM

millwright said:
I found a use for old hubs, for what it is worth,

If you put a hub between your Router, and you first switch, you can sniff and monitor all the data coming and going.
You can't do that with a switch.



HAHA yea thats about all they are good for these days!
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March 22, 2014 12:05:51 PM

I was going to throw it away, just last week.
Now it has a use, if I get ambitious.
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