Diasy Chaining with Router/Hub?

Dynex hub / Dx-exb4
March 15, 2009 at 19:56:17
Specs: Windows XP
Hey Fellas, hopefully someone can help me out here.

I live with some roommates and we use a decent Belkin Wireless-N Router and we've all ran our cables through the household, im stuck in the room the greatest distance from the router and cant run another cable down to the basement (its about 80 feet if i ran it through the wall). I have 2 PC's in my room and my Xbox 360.

One of my PC's is hardwired to the router while the other connects wirelessly. I recently purchased my Xbox 360 and want to keep it connected but I cannot run another cable down to the router.

Is it possible that i can connect my ethernet cable to this old Dynex hub i have and share the internet between the hardwired pc i have and the 360? do i require patch or crossover cables for this? and if i dont need a router and can use this spare hub i found, would i experience alot of problems with collisions?

Thanks for you time :D

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March 15, 2009 at 21:37:37
A hub won't do it but a switch will. check the documentation on whatever switch you get as some come with auto-sensing ports so it won't matter if you use patch or crossover cables. In the absence of self-adjusting ports, the rule of thumb is: Like devices connect with crossover, eg PC to PC, Router to Switch
Unlike devices use straight ( Patch) eg Switch to PC.

So Connect your current cable from router to a switch and then connect your PCs and Xbox to the local switch. The router can handle multiple devices on one cable. As far as bandwidth limitations, a cat5 cable connected to normal 10/100 NICs in a LAN can usually handle more throughput that the internet connection delivers.

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