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December 29, 2011 5:13:32 PM

I am having an issue with my network. I have made a diagram in MS paint to help show everyone what i am dealing with. My internet goes to my modem, which is then connected to a wired/wireless router. From that router, it is connected both witlessly and via Ethernet cables to multiple devices throughout my house.

The issue is, I have just recently moved down into my basement with my computer, and other gaming devices (Xbox 360 and PS3). I have one Ethernet cable routed down into my basement, which I am currently using for my PC. The walls and floors in my basement are made from cement, so they don't receive a wireless signal very well.



I was wondering if there was any sort of device that I could plug into the Ethernet cable in my basement, and split it up into three different cables, so my PC, PS3 and Xbox could all have an internet connection at the same time? I know there are switchers, but that's not really what i am looking for.

This is what i want the setup to be like:



If there are any products or anything that will allow me to do this, please give me the title of the product, maybe a description of how it works, and where I could buy it. Thanks in advanced for the help.

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December 29, 2011 7:49:14 PM

You simply need a plain ol' switch. And nothing too fancy. A cheap $5-15 10/100Mbps switch would work fine. In fact, if you want wireless too, grab an inexpensive router, disable its DHCP server, give it a unique, static IP in the same network as the primary router (e.g., if the primary router is 192.168.1.1, perhaps make the new router 192.168.1.2), and connect it over any LAN port to the ethernet port in the basement. Now you have both wired and wireless access in the basement.
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December 29, 2011 7:54:18 PM

So, unless I'm misunderstanding you, I can just connect another router to my Ethernet cable that is routed into my basement, giving me more slots for other Ethernet cables?

Thanks for the response
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December 29, 2011 7:56:16 PM

No, you need a network switch.
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December 29, 2011 7:59:24 PM

And then with that, I would be able to, for example, run Battlefield 3 on my Xbox, while surfing the internet on my PC? Probably a dumb question, but I don't know a whole lot about this sort of stuff.
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Anonymous
December 29, 2011 8:08:03 PM

Yes, depending on the number of ports on the switch, you plug the Ethernet cable into one port and the rest of your devices into the other ports.
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December 29, 2011 8:09:39 PM

Alright. I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the help. Is there a particular switch that you would recommend? Or does it really matter?
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December 29, 2011 8:19:34 PM

Great! Thank you for all of the help, I really appreciate it.
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