Solved is there a cat5 splitter

November 28, 2011 at 09:43:38
Specs: Macintosh
is there such a thing as a splitter for cat 5 cable? I have cat 5 wire into my desktop and now I want to add a laptop to my network without plugging the new laptop into my router. the cat 5 cable only reaches the desktop,but I have two additional cat 5 cables that I could use in addition.
Is there a device that would permit me to plug the cat 5 cable in to it with two ports from which 2 additional cat 5 cables could go to each of my computers? and if so, could the i-net be accessed simultaneously with both computers at the same time with such a device?
I do not wish to switch to a wireless system at this time.
Many thanks for any advice...

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#1
November 28, 2011 at 09:49:23
You can't split a network cable like that.

Is there a device that would permit me to plug the cat 5 cable in to it with two ports from which 2 additional cat 5 cables could go to each of my computers?

Yes there is and it's called a "switch". They connect easily and require no setup on your part.

if so, could the i-net be accessed simultaneously with both computers at the same time with such a device?

Yes, with the switch plugged into your router, all devices plugged into the switch would be able to access the internet at the same time.

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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November 28, 2011 at 11:28:45
http://store.apple.com/us/product/H...

thanks for your quick reply.
Would this switch do what I am asking?
Could I plug my cat5 cable from my router into the uplink port of this switch and then attach 2 additional computers through individual cat 5 cables into two of the other ports in the switch, and then access the i-net simultaneously with both computers this way?


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#3
November 28, 2011 at 12:04:56
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Would this switch do what I am asking?

Indeed it would do the job nicely.

Could I plug my cat5 cable from my router into the uplink port of this switch and then attach 2 additional computers through individual cat 5 cables into two of the other ports in the switch, and then access the i-net simultaneously with both computers this way?

Simply put, yes!

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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