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Ruley

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#1 6 years ago

Hey everyone,

Recently i've been relying less on my wireless network (due to wireless interference in the house) so i bought some power line adapters to run my internet data through the power cables in the house through sockets.

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This has let me wire my laptop and achieve faster speeds, but now i want to spread this speed to my xbox in my room. I have an old Belkin wireless G router (about 7 years old? ish?) which i was using like a ethernet hub (wireless turned off, just ran cables through it) but this didn't last long as the connection it provided was sporadic at best (more so with my xbox than my laptop, xbox only lasted minutes before disconnecting). But i was wondering if this is the right way to go about it and if so, what updated hardware would i need to make this happen?

I've been looking into ethernet hubs but I'm not sure which type i need, if any. And i'm also concerned about connection speeds through the single ethernet cable to two devices.

Any help would be much appreciated!

Ruley




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#2 6 years ago

Any old school modem would do the job and if yer anything like me youve got about fifty in the loft!




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#3 6 years ago

thinking about it alternativly you could set up wired tethering with your laptop to xbox




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#4 6 years ago

Unfortunately, i only have the one working household router downstairs, and even with updated firmware and drivers the performance wasn't much better with the old belkin wired in my room (it was the new one we were sent when the old belkin g gave up the ghost, this one might have done the same!) And my laptop only has 1 ethernet port that's in use. (and tethering might be beyond my technical expertise).




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#5 6 years ago

One of these would solve all your problems

Thank you for using Caprica Six!!! :P




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#6 6 years ago

Many thanks! will a 10/100 be fast enough to handle both my laptop and xbox? or should i look for 10/100/1000?




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#7 6 years ago

10mps should be plenty quick enough as long as your not planning on streaming porn while pwning mw3 noobs while illegally downloading Twilight Breaking Dawn! :O




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#8 6 years ago

Please for all that is holy, don't buy that.

First, the product is from 2000. Second, it's a hub not a switch and will experience packet collisions and slowdown. Thirdly, it's 10Mbps (not even 10/100!). That's like 1.2 MB/s. Pitifully slow. My home internet connection is 30mbps. Fourth, it's only 4 ports. Fifth, it's hugely overpriced these days.

Buy a 10/100/1000 switch (not hub!), there's no reason not to. They're cheap as hell nowadays. Chances are good your powerline adapters are only 10/100 but the gigabit will still be useful in the future. 5 ports should be easy enough to find for a good price. I might also suggest investing in a wireless-N gigabit router instead if you have a bit more money to spend, shouldn't be more than 150$, probably less on sale (newegg is good for that). Wireless-N should be more resistant to interference. I swear by linksys or cisco but any known brand should be fine.




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#9 6 years ago

D3matt;5621680Please for all that is holy, don't buy that. 100$ for a 12-year-old 10Mpbs ethernet hub? What the hell are you thinking suggesting that?

First, the product is from 2000. Second, it's a hub not a switch and will experience packet collisions and slowdown. Thirdly, it's 10Mbps (not even 10/100!). That's like 1.2 MB/s. Pitifully slow. My home internet connection is 30mbps. Fourth, it's only 4 ports. Fifth, it's hugely overpriced these days.

Buy a 10/100/1000 switch (not hub!), there's no reason not to. They're cheap as hell nowadays. Chances are good your powerline adapters are only 10/100 but the gigabit will still be useful in the future. 5 ports should be easy enough to find for a good price. I might also suggest investing in a wireless-N gigabit router instead if you have a bit more money to spend, shouldn't be more than 150$, probably less on sale (newegg is good for that). Wireless-N should be more resistant to interference. I swear by linksys or cisco but any known brand should be fine.

was suggesting something like or similar not that he get exactly that or buy it from that site, and before you criticize me remember the simple fact that i am trying to help someone




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#10 6 years ago

Amazon.com: TP-Link TL-SG1005D 5-Port Unmanaged Gigabit Desktop Switch: Electronics Stick one of them to your powerline adaptor and run it all from that for $20 with great reviews. There are some switches out there with wireless at good prices. These will give you the option of both connection types (useful if you hooking up a tablet or smart phone)