Connecting 2 pc's one with router one without

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March 1, 2010 at 16:38:12
Specs: Windows 7
I have a cable connection that runs to my Linksys WRT54GL router running Tomato then on to my Win 7 PC. Great speeds no problem. Also running from the router is a CAT5 cable that connects to my son's XP PC upstairs. His connection speeds are 5 to 7 times slower than mine downstairs. He plays a lot of Xbox Live and has trouble because his speed is so slow. Is there a way that I can split the internet cable coming from the Cable Modem and give him direct cable access without him going through the router? I'm hoping that would increase his speed.



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March 1, 2010 at 17:08:03
No, he has to go through the router. You cannot split the cable from the Modem. You would end up with two separate devices trying to use the same IP address. Not possible.


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March 1, 2010 at 18:28:32
Are there any suggestions to improving his internet speed?

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March 1, 2010 at 18:48:23
If you are getting good speeds and your son is seven times slower I would start by checking the cable.

How long is this cable?
If it is approaching 100 meters then it might be to long. Is it passing near any electrical equipment where it could be picking up interference. Is the cable in good condition. Any damage to the insulation that my be letting in water.

Then again it may just be that your son is connecting to slow servers which is probably the case if he is using a Peer to peer downloading application. Games server can be notoriously slow at times.

The only way to get an accurate download number is for both of you to connect to a speed measuring service and see what each of you get.

Take your pick.


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March 2, 2010 at 05:32:44
I know that the CAT5 cable is good, because we tested it directly connected to the modem and his computer. The speeds were fine. Do you think that there are settings in the router that need to be set up?

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March 2, 2010 at 07:26:59
I've used enough of the WRT54GL's with Tomato to know it's not a setting in the router. They're not capable of selecting a single port/connection and administering different settings to it. It's an all or nothing deal with regard to the LAN ports.

You could have a bad port. Try moving his connection to another port. If there's no improvement, swap it with the port your computer is plugged in to and test again.

If that doesn't fix the issue then it's likely the problem is his computer.

I noticed you also said, "He plays a lot of Xbox Live and has trouble because his speed is so slow." Is he just unplugging the computer and using the same cable to plug in the xbox when he plays? Is the xbox slow as well as the computer or is it one or the other?

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March 2, 2010 at 08:42:17
Both his PC and the Xbox connection are slow. We have tried different ports on the router.


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