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How to split a single rj45 male-male cable?


I am pretty new to networking and have a net gear router with one cable running directly to my PC and another 15m length running around the outside of my house to my WD live player. I need to split the cable so i can attach my sky box to the network so i can get the whole on demand package. I purchased a rj45 splitter from eBay for the bargain price of 99p but surprise surprise it does not work. Are there any inexpensive alternatives that will allow me to split the single cable into 2? Any help would be greatly appreciated:)

thanks in advance and merry Christmas!

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billo12 covered the splitter.

In reply to: How to split a single rj45 male-male cable?

To split you need two of those at both ends. For 99 cents you don't get tech support, explainations on use or limitations.

I too suggest a 20 or so buck network switched hub. It's a common piece of gear today.

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How to split a single rj45 male-male cable?

In reply to: billo12 covered the splitter.

thanks guys appreciate the advice:)

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In reply to: How to split a single rj45 male-male cable?

This is not a recommended thing to do.

Best option is to buy a 4 or 8 port switch for about $20.

You can split a cable but you must put splitters on both ends...I suspect you only bought 1 you need 2. You would still need 2 cable from the router to the splitter and the from the far splitter to your end devices.

It is also trivial to do this if you have the tools to crimp ends on the cable since there are 4 pair of wire in a cable by default and you only need 2 pair per cable.

This assumes you will never need 1G ports since gig ethernet needs all 4 pair.

Still buy a switch, much less of a hassle.

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Wish I could fix you having the best answer.

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Thanks bill012 as you answered it well. I only agreed!

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