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Topic # 191495 5-Feb-2016 19:08
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Hey just after some advice before I go out and waste money. :):)

I have a Vodafone freeview box connected via a single Ethernet cable to our wall socket which goes to the modem and then the fibre box elsewhere in the house.

I'd like to also connect my xbox1 and TV to the same wired connection.

Is this possible?

What do I need to buy?

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  Reply # 1486200 5-Feb-2016 19:14
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A network switch.


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  Reply # 1486215 5-Feb-2016 19:48
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Powered switches cost around $20-40 for entry level. 

 

You plug the switch into the ethernet wall outlet and then plug all your devices into that switch. Just remember you will be sharing bandwidth across all devices so expect a slow down on performance if your your devices are working all at the same time. 

 

On a side note, how easy would it be to pull through another cat cable right through to the location of the router etc?

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1486250 5-Feb-2016 20:46
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For the price of it now days, no real point in going too cheep and grabbing 100mbit switches.

 

 

 

get a 8 port gbit switch, connect it all up and you will be away easy as can be. Perfect to go in the entertainment centre for all the devices.

 

http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=SWHTPL1010&name=TP-Link-TL-SG1008D-8-Port-Gigabit-Switch-Non-block

 

You could go with a 5 port instead, but its the same size box last i checked and only $5 more for the extra 3 ports for future expansion. 

 

 

 

I doubt your likely to congest the link between your router and switch too bad, unless the router is only 100mbit, but since your on fibre you should have the gbit model (i forget which one it is vodafone supply)

 

 

 

Ild be half tempted to just say buy a couple, they are handy to have... Aside from the multiple switches round the house i currently have two on hand for anything i need. Unfortunately over 8 ports the price doesn't scale quite as effectively for gbit connectivity atleast.





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  Reply # 1486479 6-Feb-2016 14:36
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DarthKermit:

A network switch.


Cool I'll look one up. Thanks :)



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  Reply # 1486481 6-Feb-2016 14:38
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Goosey:

Powered switches cost around $20-40 for entry level. 


You plug the switch into the ethernet wall outlet and then plug all your devices into that switch. Just remember you will be sharing bandwidth across all devices so expect a slow down on performance if your your devices are working all at the same time. 


On a side note, how easy would it be to pull through another cat cable right through to the location of the router etc?


 


I only really need to run the STB and the Xbox live off it so shouldn't be too much of an issue? I have about 100 down and 20 up at the moment.
I had a look behind the wall outlet and it's a 5e cable and goes up inside the wall, through the ceiling and then back down where he modem is. I think it could be a bit of a mission to put another cable in there?



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  Reply # 1486482 6-Feb-2016 14:41
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hio77:

For the price of it now days, no real point in going too cheep and grabbing 100mbit switches.


 


get a 8 port gbit switch, connect it all up and you will be away easy as can be. Perfect to go in the entertainment centre for all the devices.


http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=SWHTPL1010&name=TP-Link-TL-SG1008D-8-Port-Gigabit-Switch-Non-block


You could go with a 5 port instead, but its the same size box last i checked and only $5 more for the extra 3 ports for future expansion. 


 


I doubt your likely to congest the link between your router and switch too bad, unless the router is only 100mbit, but since your on fibre you should have the gbit model (i forget which one it is vodafone supply)


 


Ild be half tempted to just say buy a couple, they are handy to have... Aside from the multiple switches round the house i currently have two on hand for anything i need. Unfortunately over 8 ports the price doesn't scale quite as effectively for gbit connectivity atleast.



Thanks for the reply.

Yeah because it's 5e and he modem and Xbox both support gigabit then I shouldn't go too budget on the switch. I don't see myself needing to plug in anything else other than the actual TV, but that seems fine on wifi at the moment anyway.

If only I had an extra socket or a switch I could just chuck in to see how it runs.

I'll post back with what I end up getting.

Thanks
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  Reply # 1486500 6-Feb-2016 15:18
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The more you can move to ethernet instead of wifi the better. I have many of the cheap black tplink gigabit switches around the house on computer desks where I need more ports, by the games consoles, in the garage where I was sure that 2 ports would be enough and now need more etc. Rock solid switches, never need a reset. Unlike my stupid linksys "smart" switches.





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  Reply # 1486526 6-Feb-2016 16:00
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Yeah, +1 for those tplink gigE switches hio77 linked above.  Had a couple working perfectly, non-stop for the last 5 years or so (not that a switch is the most complicated device, but they "just work")




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  Reply # 1486534 6-Feb-2016 16:41
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Well that's a solid vote of confidence in a relatively inexpensive option! :)
It's also good to know that there's virtually no setup and no maintenance etc.

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  Reply # 1486539 6-Feb-2016 16:47
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Yeah, +1 for those tplink gigE switches hio77 linked above.  Had a couple working perfectly, non-stop for the last 5 years or so (not that a switch is the most complicated device, but they "just work")



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  Reply # 1486597 6-Feb-2016 18:00
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Anything you can get off wireless, ild do it.

 

 

 

Perfect example would by my current situation. House is prettymuch solidly covered by multiple access points, tv struggles to stream media (particularly when your talking 40+Mbit videos) and jitter can be slightly unforgiving. - to be fair, i put this down to the actual client card in the tv being subpar rather than the wireless AP.

 

Now, thats even with being in a rural location where the only radio within lets say, atleast 500M is our own.

 

 

 

Your tv is obviously a static device, take the opportunity and use a cable. Save any hassles :)





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