Slingbox and Router/Hub/Switch

July 12, 2010 at 14:21:35
Specs: OS X 10.5
So I'm planning on purchasing a slingbox for my apartment while at college and so I can get the Packers games (the downside to being a football addict who goes to college out of state). Anyways, the slingbox needs to be connected via ethernet, but our Time Warner Cable provided modem only has one ethernet port and my dad insists on connecting his computer via ethernet as he works from home and doesn't trust wireless for some reason.

Anyways, here's a diagram of our setup, but what device would I need to add more ports? Could I get away with a switch/hub, or would I need to buy a router? I'd like to keep it as simple as possible as my parents are not going to want to troubleshoot this at all and I will be out of the state. Also, any recommendations on brand names to buy/avoid? I don't want to buy something that's going to need to be reconfigured/reset often.

Network Diagram

EDIT: Also, I should ask, will any of the cables need to be crossover?

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July 12, 2010 at 16:37:20
All you need to do is buy a simple hub or swich. Do not buy a router! A router will add complexity to your network that you don't need. Then you plug the uplink port to the ethernet port coming from the cable, and you plug your PCs into the hub/switch.

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July 12, 2010 at 18:31:58
Alright cool. Just to confirm though, we only have one IP
address from our provider (Road Runner), so will that still work
with a hub/switch?

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July 13, 2010 at 05:05:23
I believe your Motorola device is a router. If so, all you need is a switch (nobody manufactures hubs anymore and even if they did, nobody who knows better would use them). Plug the switch into the LAN port on the router and that's all you should need to do.

I would recommend using a crossover cable to connect the router to the switch. It's not absolutely necessary these days (we now have auto MDIX) but it's still a good idea and one less thing to possibly go wrong in the future.

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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