I would like to have a way of "splitting" the single Ethernet port on the I/O panel of my desktop in order not to have to unplug my main Ethernet line in order to use a cross-over cable for connecting my net-book for file sharing.
I have no crazy networking in mind, and do not mind if I loose access to the network on my desktop while I am connected with my net-book. The main reason for doing this would be to avoiding the hassle of switching out lines, and instead having one loose cable available to plug into my net-book at any time.
Is there some kind of splitter that would allow my to manually switch between lines with a switch on the splitter itself.
Otherwise, with a P6X58D-E mobo running only one Marvell Gigabit Ethernet network adapter, would it be an issue to add as second adapter for this purpose (ie. pain in the ass). If not, would PCI be best, or USB etc.?
Thank you for the help. I would be glad to clarify further if any of this is unclear. This is all somewhat new(nooB) to me.
Unfortunately we will already have a router set up which I will not have easy access to (in an adjacent room which is part of another studio).
I am looking for something cheap that would make switching between the main Ethernet line and a cross-over cable more convenient than reaching around behind the computer tower and switching out the lines manually every time I want to share files between my desktop and net-book.
I think that does make the most sense. I have decided however to just run a second cable from the main router through the wall and skip buying the extra hardware. I may try this setup in future. Thanks.