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Ultimate Geek

#224196 7-Nov-2017 09:50
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I'm a bit of a newbie, so please excuse me, if the question sounds a bit stupid:




Our fibre box and router is located in the bedroom.


Our TV and Android TV box is located in the living room, approx 8 metres away from the bedroom.


Last year, I ran a CAT6 cable from the router to the Android TV box, for a more stable connection.


I've recently purchased a new TV, which has got an ethernet port as well.


I would prefer not to run two cables.


I guess I can have a small switch, where the original CAT6 cable can go in to.


And then two smaller CAT6 cables from the switch, where one goes to the Android TV box and the other one to the TV.


Is that right?


If so, what's the cheapest option?


Anything cheaper than this? It has to be 1000mbps, as we get 1000mbps download.



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Ultimate Geek

  #1896638 7-Nov-2017 10:04
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That will work good as gold - to be honest I'd be surprised if the Android box or the TV actually have gigabit ports?




If they didn't, you could get two of these instead, save using an extra power socket, but it will use two ports on the router.



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Ultimate Geek

  #1896648 7-Nov-2017 10:11
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The Android box is this one, and it's got 1000mbit LAN:


This is the TV. Doesn't say what speed the port have (I can't see it anyway):


So how does the dual adapter work? Does it halve the speed?


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Ultimate Geek

  #1896650 7-Nov-2017 10:18
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Fair enough - yes, as you only need two pairs of the 4 to do 100Mbps, it splits the pairs out at each end and will give you 2x 100Mbps LAN connections. 




So in this case, if you want the gigabit speed to the Android box then the switch in your first post will be the best option. 

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Ultimate Geek

  #1896653 7-Nov-2017 10:21
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Uber Geek

  #1896700 7-Nov-2017 11:28
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I put a 6 port gigabit switch at our AV hub and a CAT6 line back to the router and it's worked very nicely. 


It's currently connected to the TV, receiver, satellite box, BD player and a spare patch cable to plug in a notebook or whatever. 


Of course we only ever use one device at a time to stream ...


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