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CentreCom RH509BE ethernet hub

by TONI H / October 1, 2009 3:55 AM PDT

I have this piece of equipment and even tho it's been discontinued, I found some information about this in the archives. What I want to do is just easily hook up two computers (I also have the option to do this via USB cable), get them to see each other without setting up a true network, and transfer files back and forth. According to what I've read about this equipment no software installation is required nor is an operating system required.

Will this equipment do what I want or is a workgroup network setup actually going to be required? I don't want to have to buy a separate USB cable that has the correct USB normal connections at both ends since most of what I have here already only has a USB connector at one end with another type (for a printer or firewire) connection at the other end and the second computer doesn't have firewire available.


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I'm going with "that's not going to work."
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 1, 2009 8:57 PM PDT

There is so much wrong with trying to avoid using a network that you could spend years on this and still not have a working solution. Why not sell that thing and go get a nice under 20 buck 8GB USB memory stick to avoid that network?

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Give It A Shot
by sunwatcher / October 1, 2009 10:37 PM PDT

Actually, I don't see any reason why this wouldn't work. If you are just connecting two computers together with no other connections involved (e.g. separate internet connection), then it should be fairly easy. We are talking about two Windows systems, correct?

When the computers are attached to the hub, Windows should automatically assign a 169.x.x.x address when no DHCP server is found (if you have problems, it might be better to manually configure IPs). Make sure both PCs have the same workgroup name (MSHOME is usually the default). Set up sharing for the folders needed.


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Your method fails the criteria.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 1, 2009 11:03 PM PDT
In reply to: Give It A Shot

"without setting up a true network"

You offered "Make sure both PCs have the same workgroup name (MSHOME is usually the default). Set up sharing for the folders needed."

Which is a true network. Ouch!

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by sunwatcher / October 1, 2009 11:27 PM PDT

Anytime you have two or more computers connected in order to communicate, you have a network (regardless of protocol). I interpreted the original poster's reference to "true network" as one that is complicated, uses a router or has more than two computers, since there really is no such differentiating term.

I'm simply just trying to help the OP with her problem as stated: connecting two computers with a hub, no software installation. Should be a simple matter. Happy

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There's more.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 2, 2009 12:16 AM PDT
In reply to: Network

Notice the USB items. How to accommodate the full implications of a mismosh of USB plus ethernet is going to be fun. Sadly, the day where we just plug this to that and it work without planning or setup isn't here yet.

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by sunwatcher / October 2, 2009 12:42 AM PDT
In reply to: There's more.

I did see the mention of USB, and personally I will avoid that as a networking method in combination with standard ethernet. I'm sure there is a suitable solution here for the OP.

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It's the avoid the "true network" that kills it.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 2, 2009 1:46 AM PDT
In reply to: Agreed.

File sharing on Windows requires a network. And to top it off it must be "true" as in properly setup. More has to be told and maybe the OP has to relent on avoiding how things work.

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I've set up networks before
by TONI H / October 2, 2009 5:07 AM PDT

for the sake of connecting to the internet simultaneously...I was just looking for an easier method of transferring files from one computer that is about ready to kick the bucket to another that has a large harddrive in order to salvage the files. Trying to go the lazy route of not opening the case, removing the drive, hooking it up to the newer computer and transferring that way. LOL Looks like the old 'tried and true' is probably the best solution.

Thanks for the dialogue though...feels like old times when I used to work here. LOL

Last question...the piece of equipment I have...since it has so many LAN connections, is this possibly one of the old 'original routers' for a network? I don't even know where it came from and found it in one of my bins as I was rooting around looking for an 'easy' solution to what I want to accomplish.


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Is this it?
by Steven Haninger / October 2, 2009 5:55 AM PDT
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I'd go with the hub rather than USB
by Steven Haninger / October 2, 2009 5:04 AM PDT

It sounds to me that you're just exploring 2 options: Ethernet or USB and not a combination of the two. A working hub and 2 Ethernet cables is all the hardware you'd need. Yes, you'd have some configuring to do in order to get the 2 PCs to agree to communicate but it's not that difficult. No additional software is required.

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