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Network Splitter

by Walt H / August 8, 2008 9:29 AM PDT

Would this work? Using a network splitter, I want to split the connection from my cable modem sending a direct connection to my desktop computer (which is NOT wireless) and a Linksys Wireless Router which I use with my laptop.

REASON: Lately the Linksys Router has been dropping connections randomly...when it does this the power temporarily goes off, then the router reboots itself. Since my desktop computer gets it's Internet connection from the Linksys Router, my desktop system becomes inoperable until the router get back up and running. With the mentioned setup, at least when the router goes down, I will still have a direct, unaffected connection to my desktop computer.

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If you mean you want to bypass the router
by Steven Haninger / August 8, 2008 9:40 AM PDT
In reply to: Network Splitter

rather than split a connection, you can certainly do that as long as your PC is set to get its IP address via DHCP. You will lose some security in doing this as a router is a hardware firewall. With a router, snoopers see it's address. Without the firewall, your PC becomes more of a target for prying eyes.

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PC Definitely has a firewall....
by Walt H / August 8, 2008 9:56 AM PDT

I'm using McAfee Firewall on the desktop PC.

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new router
by mementh / August 8, 2008 2:16 PM PDT

You have three options.

1. continue as you are unsafe.
2. check for firmware updates for your router that might fix it.
3. get a new router

I would recomend # 2 and 3 because it seems there is a bug/issue thats crashing it.

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(NT) The router is only 5 months old.
by Walt H / August 9, 2008 11:14 AM PDT
In reply to: new router
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they can die
by mementh / August 10, 2008 6:09 AM PDT

there are a few options..

is it in a UPS? if not a brownout coulda killed it or surge.
It might have a software glitch and needs a updated firmware..

all sorts of possible issues could be plaguing it right now.... did you check on updated firmware?

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Another solution
by Msradell / August 10, 2008 12:53 AM PDT
In reply to: Network Splitter

Just buy a cheap switch and use it to split the signal coming from the modem. You can buy a cheap for port switch for about $25 or so and since they don't have any software you have to worry about them going down. Make sure you keep your firewall on the desktop updated to ensure its safety.

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That won't help
by Steven Haninger / August 10, 2008 11:26 AM PDT
In reply to: Another solution

There would be IP address issues. While he could hook the PC to the switch and uplink it to the modem, he's not going to be able to use other ports on the switch. He can connect directly to the modem and save the money towards buying a new router.

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