Splitting a data port for two devices

September 1, 2010 at 04:06:17
Specs: Windows 7

I have just moved into serviced offices. Broadband is provided and in our room we have been given 2 Data Ports.
I need to connect up 2 PC's, 1 network harddrive (Buffalo Link Station) and a network printer.

My main concern is getting the 2 PC's online and the network harddrive all online together. The IT here have told us they can't give us support or add additional ports - but did say to get a switch or splitter to add both a computer and the harddrive to one port.

I purchased 2x RJ45 Network Splitter

When I plug in the splitter only one of the two ports works.

I am wondering if you could help me with a solution to get all my devices online with these two ports? Or a suggestion as to how to make both ports on the splitter work?



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September 1, 2010 at 04:37:23
If IT have given you the go-ahead to use a switch that is what you need, A splitter will only allow one or other of the devices connected, not both at the same time. A switch will allow all devices to communicate simultaneously.

A four port switch is not expensive at all.


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September 1, 2010 at 05:40:59
Thanks so much for your reply - saved me lots of time, ordered a switch so hopefully all will be working tomorrow :)

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