How Can I Add Ethernet Ports?

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August 30, 2010 at 11:31:41
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 2.8 GHz / 2.0 Gb
We moved my daughter into her dorm room yesterday. The school supplies 1 ethernet port for the room and a wired hub which allows for up to 3 wired connections.

The way their room is set up, they could use more than 3 ports. With 2 desks, 2 lofted beds, a futon and a chair it would be nice to have a wire laying with easy reach of each. Not just for them, but if friends come over too. Wireless is not permitted.

What can I buy to (inexpensively) get them a few more ports - without the school actually seeing the device?

Would something like a NetGear RP614na work?

Thanks!


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#1
August 30, 2010 at 11:45:29
Great example you are setting.

When the school sees the 4th device on the line what do you think will be their response?


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#2
August 30, 2010 at 12:06:59
Wanderer,

Thanks for the response, but you missed my point/goal. However, I see how that could have happened.

Here is what I meant.

My daughter is up on her lofted bed, her roommate is on the futon below it, a friend is at my daughter's desk. 3 connections required.

Currently, that could not happen since there is only one wire for the lofted bed/Futon area of the room. Her roommate would have to go over to her side of the room and use the single wire that she shares between her desk and bed.

What I meant by "without the school actually seeing the device" was would it look any different to them than a laptop.


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#3
August 30, 2010 at 12:17:24
Derby,

Couldn't you just use a small 4port desktop switch, connected to one of the 3 ports that they have provided now?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

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#4
August 30, 2010 at 12:25:35
I would first confirm with the school that it would be ok to add a 4 or 8 port switch before buying one. It would suck to buy it and then find out the hard way that it's not allowed (ie: they show up, take the device and maybe even kick your daughter out).

Personally, I think you're bordering on overkill here. From the sounds of it, you have a 2 person dorm room with 3 network connections. That sounds like enough to me. As to location....well if it's inside the room, then it's close enough to allow normal conversation.....so what's the problem!?!?

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

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#5
August 30, 2010 at 12:32:50
re: "Couldn't you just use a small 4 port desktop switch"

I don't know...you tell me. ;-)

Cheap too!

Does it require any kind of crossover cable or will a standard ethernet cable connect it to their hub (switch)?


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#6
August 30, 2010 at 12:38:50
Curt does have a good point; but as far as switches, they just need standard network cables; pretty neat/reliable little devices. There are a lot of good reviews on the netgear device I linked to, but pay attention to speed. It's only 10/100Mbps. I only saw one 10/100/1000Mbps desktop switch on newegg, but her dorm may not even have gigabit ethernet so that may not be needed/desired anyways.

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#7
August 30, 2010 at 12:54:48
re: "you have a 2 person dorm room with 3 network connections."

True, but it's the location of the connections. On one side, they'll have to keep pulling the wire from up on the bed down to the futon, between the bed and the wall. I envision a broken cable very soon.

On the other side, it'll be from the desk, across 2 dressers, over the TV and onto the bed.

2 laptops on the futon isn't even possible at this point, unless I give them a really long cable from her desk, which will end up as a tangled mess of cable most times.

Sure that's all doable, but for the cost of a $10 switch and cables that I already own, it seems like an convenience worth giving them. Why is wireless so popular? So you can take your laptop and sit anywhere you want. They have that at home...I'm just trying to get "close" to that in their dorm room.

There's nothing like the feeling I get when my daughter says "Dad, you're the best!"


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#8
November 30, 2010 at 03:03:30
I actually work for a local University's network operations center and yes we can tell if it is a switch or a laptop. The switch would start to give out its own IP addresses which is something that we do not allow since there is a limit to the number of IP's available on the network. We get an automatic alert when another device starts producing conflicting IP's and we track the user and MAC address along with completely shutting off the connectivity to the port that is causing the problem. Then the people have to call and ask why they have no connection and we explain to them that they cannot do what they were attempting to do on our network.

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#9
November 30, 2010 at 07:28:48
You'll pardon me for chiming back in Dizzle but I have to disagree with you on something I consider rather important. I'm not trying to be rude but I dislike misinformation and what you said is just plain wrong.

Just FYI, I have over 15 years working in the IT industry and presently am employed as a network technician in a university. I've been here over 5 years now specializing in enterprise level networking.

I actually work for a local University's network operations center and yes we can tell if it is a switch or a laptop. The switch would start to give out its own IP addresses...

Switches don't "give out" IP address. A SOHO router can and will. But a plain old unmanaged 4 port switch, which is what was being discussed here, doesn't give out any IP addresses.........period.

You said, "I actually work for a local University's network operations center" but I'd wager your actual job title at work is probably "helpdesk technician" or something along those lines.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

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#10
February 1, 2011 at 12:15:27
Yes your are correct, I ment to say router not a switch. Thanks for the correction I should have proofread my post. FYI I'm a Information Architect, pretty new in my career though.

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#11
February 1, 2011 at 14:59:36
No worries, we all screw up from time to time. Me as much as anybody else unfortunately.......lol.

Just for future reference, to proofread, click on the "Preview Follow Up" button. Once in the Confirmation Page you can make changes and then preview again (without posting) by putting a check in the box beside "Check to show Confirmation Page Again" and click either button to preview again. You can do this as many times as necessary.

Once you're happy with your response and are ready to post it, don't check that box and click whichever button suits you.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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