networking gear for apartment?

Discussion in 'Networking & Security' started by o0akoni0o, Nov 25, 2006.

  1. o0akoni0o

    o0akoni0o [H]ard|Gawd

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    so in my room in my apartment i have a single ethernet port to connect to. basically i just want my pc, xbox360, and a laptop (not wifi) to all share the port. is it best to go with a router, switch, hub? i'm no looking to spend a whole lot and i don't mind using a software firewall.
     
  2. tacticus

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    a cheap 8 port switch would do the job
     
  3. Blitzrommel

    Blitzrommel 2[H]4U

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    When you mention a single ethernet port, it's important to know where that goes -- if it goes to a modem, router, another switch, whatever. :)
     
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    Just buy something simple if all you need is for that stuff, just buy something like a Linksys 4 Port Router, you can get it at Walmart for like $40, thats all you need.
     
  5. o0akoni0o

    o0akoni0o [H]ard|Gawd

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    i'm in a campus apartment in college, so basically it means an ethernet port in the wall that my desktop is directly plugged into. as of now, no router, no switch, just a single ethernet cable. any switch recommendations under $30?
     
  6. Blitzrommel

    Blitzrommel 2[H]4U

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    Ah yeah, don't get a router -- get a switch. Check out NewEgg; I've seen Gigafast 5-port switches for dirt cheap.
     
  7. hacktor2

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    It really depends. Is this litterally on campus? If so, that port is probably connecting to the schools network. If this is the case, then get a switch. I know that at my college they require you to fill out a form that allows you to hook up more than 1 internet device

    If its not on campus, i would suggest talking to your land lord.