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  GregDa 11:27 22 Apr 08


Probably a stupid and very simple question but then so am I so...

Currently have a desktop downstairs running off a Virgin (NTL) broadband line. I want to put another desktop in upstairs and run the broadband line to that as well.

Is this possible and is the best way to do this to get a splitter for the ethernet cable or to use the USB port on the router?

Want to be able to download heavy files in both locations so thinking wireless would be a waste of time really.

Any help most appreciated.


  ambra4 11:52 22 Apr 08

“Or to use the USB port on the router?”

You can only one port at a time it either the USB port or the Ethernet port you cannot

connect both at the same time

Connect a switch to the Ethernet port on the modem and than connect both computer to

the switch

D-Link 5 Port 10/100 Unmanaged Ethernet Switch

click here

  GregDa 12:10 22 Apr 08

That looks perfect, thanks for that.

Will both PCs be able to go online at the same time and is there a limit to how long the cable running to the 2nd PC should be?


  ambra4 12:18 22 Apr 08

Yes both pc will have access to the internet and

also access to each other

Max recommended distance is about 100m

  GregDa 12:25 22 Apr 08

Thanks for your help - much appreciated.

  Simsy 12:51 20 May 08

I used a BT router that had 1 ethernet and 1 USB port. (I think the model was a 205, but I can't be certain!)

They DID work at the same time. It was how both my son and I connected to the internet for a while.

However, we didn't have the two PCs networked. We didn't need to share files or the printer. I'm not sure that would have been possible.



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