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Quick (wired) internet question

Lindsay LohanLindsay Lohan Registered User regular
edited July 2011 in Help / Advice Forum
We're having DirecTV hooked up tomorrow. One of the things they recommend (but don't require) is having an ethernet connection available for the high def DVR box we're getting. I have an ethernet wire over there, but it's hooked into my Blu Ray player for Netflix/HuluPlus access. I hate to have to run another wire over to that side of the house because it involves long lengths of cable and going through the basement.

Would my only option be putting a wired router behind my Blu Ray player to split the connection between it and the new DVR or is there a smaller, cheaper option available?

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    Jimmy KingJimmy King Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    I am assuming you've got an actual router at the other end of that ethernet cable, right? If so, just put a plain old switch in there at the Blue Ray/DVR end of things. Cheaper, less hassle, may or may not be significantly smaller. You can get a cheap 5 port switch for $15-$20.

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    ThanatosThanatos Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    Have they said that they want it there permanently, or just for setup, and occasionally for downloading updates or something? Because if it's the latter, you could just switch it back and forth.

    Otherwise, you could probably get away with just using a switch (they're hella cheap).

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    bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812200340&cm_re=network_cable_splitter-_-12-200-340-_-Product

    One cat5 cable can be split twice, as there are 8 internal wires, and 4 are unused. You'll need two of them, one for each end.

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    Lindsay LohanLindsay Lohan Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    Thanatos wrote: »
    Have they said that they want it there permanently, or just for setup, and occasionally for downloading updates or something? Because if it's the latter, you could just switch it back and forth.

    Otherwise, you could probably get away with just using a switch (they're hella cheap).

    It would be just for faster access to pay per views and a few live features - like weather/news apps. I've already told them I'm likely not going to have it wired for tomorrow, I'd be doing it on my own later - but I just wanted to know the easiest and cheapest option.

    Looks like a switch would be the cheapest.

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    RuckusRuckus Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    Thanatos wrote: »
    Have they said that they want it there permanently, or just for setup, and occasionally for downloading updates or something? Because if it's the latter, you could just switch it back and forth.

    Otherwise, you could probably get away with just using a switch (they're hella cheap).

    It would be just for faster access to pay per views and a few live features - like weather/news apps. I've already told them I'm likely not going to have it wired for tomorrow, I'd be doing it on my own later - but I just wanted to know the easiest and cheapest option.

    Looks like a switch would be the cheapest.

    A cheap 4 or 5 port switch is definitely the best option.

    ~Ruckus (The Network Support Technician)

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