3 Devices On 1 Bridge??

October 6, 2009 at 16:08:29
Specs: Windows XP
I am a relative newbie to home networking. And this is my first post here.

Right now I have a Motorola SBG900 Surfboard Gateway (a combination Cable modem/wireless router) connected to my main Personal Computer. Comcast is my Internet Provider.

I also have a Belkin F5D7330 Wireless Ethernet Bridge. It has ONE LAN port only.

In another room I have 3 Internet capable devices: A Blu-Ray player, an LCD HDTV, and a Direct TV HDVR.

I can connect any ONE of the three devices to the Belkin and the wireless internet connection works.

But I don't want to keep having to plug and unplug the cables into the Belkin each time I want connect to the Internet with a different device.

What do I need to do have all 3 devices connected?

I was thinking I would need a 5 port Ethernet Switch and just plug in the Belkin and the 3 devices.

Would that work or do I instead need to use a 2nd Wireless Router, or an Access Point, or a different Bridge? Or something else?

I am definitely confused here and I would rather not purchase gear that has no chance of working.

Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.


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#1
October 6, 2009 at 23:18:19
Right now I have a Motorola SBG900 Surfboard Gateway (a combination Cable modem/wireless router)

Well if you can WiFi enable the devices then problem solved, otherwise would suggest LAN Cabling you home.

Another alternative is Powerline Homeplugs, this is a UK site but give good advice:

http://solwise.co.uk/net-powerline-...


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#2
October 7, 2009 at 05:30:12
The simple and cheap method is to buy an 8 port switch and plug it into the router and then other devices into the switch.

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