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i have a office network. i would like to expand it. i have a 8 port router and have 9 computer. i was wonring if you have a solution for this without buying a new router. if so let let me know the solution.

any help is greatly appreciated.

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You are asking a question to which there is no easy solution. It's simple mathematics. You have an expanding network with 9 computers and only an 8 port router. You will have to spend some money sooner or later.

Instead of purchasing a new router, buy a 16 port switch, which will give you dedicated bandwidth on each port and allow for future expansion. I see a few 16-port name brand switches on Newegg.com that are under $50.
 

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I still need, some other resolution.

Something like., sharing connection between computers.

or some kind of device, splitting the 1 - ethernet to 2 - ethernet

Let me know,

thanz for your suggestion too..
 

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if the router is a wireless router then you can buy a wifi nic for one of the computers and you wuld be fine.
 

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davidhaul said:
or some kind of device, splitting the 1 - ethernet to 2 - ethernet
that's exactly what a hub is.

a device to split a single ethernet port into many.

so, regardless of how many ports your router has, you can have 9, or 20, or 200 on there, if you chain it through some hubs.

hubs are usually between 15-30$ for a decent unit.
 

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I would suggest an Ethernet switch, however, if you are on the cheap and willing to try it, you can either make or purchase and Ethernet splitter. I have never tried one of these and they can possibly cause you problems, but for a somewhere under $10, it might work?

Ethernet Splitter

But for around the same amount of money you can get an Ethernet switch that will work and allow you to grow a little bit!

Ethernet Switch

If you really look around, you can use any wireless router for this purpose as well, do not connect the WAN port, disable DHCP and the wireless and just connect in on the LAN side. I have found some older Wireless B routers with 4 port switches for free after rebate!

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johnwill said:
I'd actually buy a switch, but a hub will do it too. No new router required. :smile:

see, i do that all the time.

to me, a switch is a switching hub. so when i say hub, i mean a switching hub.

in fact, i didn't know they still sold non switching hubs.
 

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James, that splitter seems to just allow you to send two Ethernet circuits down a single wire, but you still need both ports on each end. That's all the splitters I've used have done. I think the switch is the answer. :smile:
 

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WaltSide said:
see, i do that all the time.

to me, a switch is a switching hub. so when i say hub, i mean a switching hub.

in fact, i didn't know they still sold non switching hubs.
In truth, there is such a thing as a "switching hub", which still sort of acts like a hub, i.e. sends the traffic to all the ports. It just allows 10/100 connections to any port. I used to have a Netgear one, but I gave it to someone...
 
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