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Need Wireless Router with more than 4 ports for ethernet

by rebaths / November 11, 2005 5:51 AM PST

I currently have a Linksys WRT54G that has 4 ethernet ports and of course wireless capability.

Right now, I have 3 computers and 1 printer hooked up via ethernet cable to the router. My laptop uses the wireless capability. So all ports are used.

I am buying an external hardrive to be shared by all the computers and it will be hooked up to the router via ethernet so I am going to be short 1 port on the router.

Do I need a router with extra ports, or can I somehow combine the new external hard drive's ethernet cable with one of the existing computer's so they share a router port?

If I need a new router with extra ports, can you kindly recommend one for me? All I've come across are 4 port routers.


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I think I answered my own question--Switch?
by rebaths / November 11, 2005 6:03 AM PST

If I get a network switcher I can hook up to 5 devices to the switch which then connects to one port of the router??

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You got it!
by dmance / November 13, 2005 1:57 AM PST

Ignore any other suggestion! You need a switch. By far the easiest, cheapest, way to extend the number of ethernet ports on your router. On any given Sunday, you can browse the sales circular from Best Buy to Staples and buy a switch for under $20! You'll love it!

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Need Wireless Router with more than 4 ports fo
by jcrobso / November 11, 2005 6:04 AM PST

Get a network switch, they come in 5,8,16,24,32,64 port sizes. But a 5 port will be about $20 or less with rebate. Unplug one of the ports in your router and plug the swtich in, then plug the other stuff into the switch. John

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another option -- wireless computer
by linkit / November 11, 2005 6:52 AM PST

Unplug one of the computers and get a wireless-g network adapter for it. Plug the HD into the free router port.

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