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Patch cable Y splitter



 
 
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Old September 8th 04, 01:38 PM posted to uk.comp.home-networking
Mike
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Default Patch cable Y splitter

Hi
I remember seeing one of these on eBay before, but cant seem to find one
anymore as I dont know what they are called. I have 2 patch cables running
into my bedroom, but have a PC, xbox and laptop that I want to connect, are
there any other cheap ways to get them all connected?


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Old September 8th 04, 02:10 PM posted to uk.comp.home-networking
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Default Patch cable Y splitter

Mike wrote:
Hi
I remember seeing one of these on eBay before, but cant seem to find one
anymore as I dont know what they are called. I have 2 patch cables running
into my bedroom, but have a PC, xbox and laptop that I want to connect, are
there any other cheap ways to get them all connected?

A 'Y' in a UTP/Cat5 cable isn't really going to work unless you can
guarantee only one of the two devices is in use at a time. Even then
I'm not sure what the effect of the unused device would be on the
working one.

You'd probably be better off with a cheap hub, they are very cheap
nowadays. Or you could use a co-ax ethernet connection which can be
daisy chained, but then you'd have to replace the cables (and you'd
need cards/devices with BNC connectors)

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Old September 8th 04, 02:27 PM posted to uk.comp.home-networking
Chris Lloyd
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Default Patch cable Y splitter

Mike wrote:
Hi
I remember seeing one of these on eBay before, but cant seem to find one
anymore as I dont know what they are called. I have 2 patch cables running
into my bedroom, but have a PC, xbox and laptop that I want to connect, are
there any other cheap ways to get them all connected?


Is this the sort of thing you want?
http://www.homestead.co.uk/ce45.htm

Better idea would be a switch, www.ebuyer.com have some for under 10
but if you want quality you should look to spend a little extra.

Chris
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Old September 8th 04, 02:41 PM posted to uk.comp.home-networking
Rob Morley
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Default Patch cable Y splitter

In article , "Mike"
says...
Hi
I remember seeing one of these on eBay before, but cant seem to find one
anymore as I dont know what they are called. I have 2 patch cables running
into my bedroom, but have a PC, xbox and laptop that I want to connect, are
there any other cheap ways to get them all connected?


http://www.homestead.co.uk/ce45.htm

You'll also need a couple of short patch cables to connect at each end
(and a spare port on the switch, obviously) and a couple of back-to-back
connectors to attach the economisers to the existing patch cables. All
in all a pretty nasty bodge - better just to get a cheap switch to put
in your room (under a tenner at ebuyer).
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Old September 8th 04, 05:40 PM posted to uk.comp.home-networking
Zontag
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Default Patch cable Y splitter

Mike wrote:

Thanks for all the answers, I think I'll stick to my current configuration,
when I want to use the laptop online I can just use the cable out of the
xbox. The Y connecters would be a bodge and add to the spagetti of cables
I've already got, could get a switch but its likely it'll need external
power and I've only got one socket in bedroom with 2 extensions on it! Im
trying to cut down on the amount of things connected to it too.



Don't think you understood what the y splitters are for, each network
connection only uses 4 of the 8 conductors in a cat 5 cable, by putting
a splitter on both ends of the cat 5 cable you effectively get 2 cat5
cables where there was one before but it dosent allow any extra network
connections as a network hub or switch-hub is still required at the
other end with both legs of the "Y" plugged into it. These days you can
get switched hubs that take power off a USB port.
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Old September 9th 04, 11:01 PM posted to uk.comp.home-networking
Jonathan Buzzard
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Default Patch cable Y splitter

On Wed, 08 Sep 2004 14:56:07 +0100, Mike wrote:

Hi
I remember seeing one of these on eBay before, but cant seem to find one
anymore as I dont know what they are called. I have 2 patch cables

running
into my bedroom, but have a PC, xbox and laptop that I want to connect,

are
there any other cheap ways to get them all connected?


http://www.homestead.co.uk/ce45.htm

You'll also need a couple of short patch cables to connect at each end
(and a spare port on the switch, obviously) and a couple of back-to-back
connectors to attach the economisers to the existing patch cables. All
in all a pretty nasty bodge - better just to get a cheap switch to put
in your room (under a tenner at ebuyer).


Thanks for all the answers, I think I'll stick to my current configuration,
when I want to use the laptop online I can just use the cable out of the
xbox. The Y connecters would be a bodge and add to the spagetti of cables
I've already got, could get a switch but its likely it'll need external
power and I've only got one socket in bedroom with 2 extensions on it! Im
trying to cut down on the amount of things connected to it too.


Why? You do realise that a kettle would likely draw more than twice the
power than all the devices you now have attached. A small switch or hub
would draw just a few watts at most. You could plug 100 into an socket and
still not get close to overloading it.

JAB.

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