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Sharing ethernet connection between desktop and laptop


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#1 ReneeIII

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Posted 07 April 2016 - 05:29 PM

I have a desktop with ubuntu 15.10 os and a laptop with windows 7.

 

Is there a way to share the Ethernet wire connection with both?



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Posted 07 April 2016 - 05:38 PM

Yes - get a 4 port ethernet "switch" + 2 patch leads. Plug your existing Ethernet cable into the switch & then use the 2 patch leads to connect your 2 computers to the switch.

 

Both computers will then be connected to the original Ethernet cable.


Edited by rqt, 07 April 2016 - 05:40 PM.


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Posted 07 April 2016 - 05:49 PM

Yes - get a 4 port ethernet "switch" + 2 patch leads. Plug your existing Ethernet cable into the switch & then use the 2 patch leads to connect your 2 computers to the switch.

 

Both computers will then be connected to the original Ethernet cable.

By leads do you mean Ethernet leads?



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Posted 07 April 2016 - 05:58 PM

Yes - 2 Ethernet patch leads. These are available in many lengths (& colours)

 

Such as these:-

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Coloured-Flat-RJ45-Cat6-Ethernet-Cable-Network-LAN-Patch-Lead-Wholesale-Gigabit-/391313581045?var=&hash=item5b1c1b63f5:m:mjJqvJ_t5TAObVSHjeWDrmw

 

 

Switch such as this:-

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NETGEAR-ProSafe-5-port-Gigabit-plus-switch-GS105E-/182076880901?hash=item2a64a0b805:g:EPsAAOSwbwlW~65K

 

I should have said 5 port switch rather than 4 port as this is the common size of small switch, although for your purpose you only need 3 ports.


Edited by rqt, 07 April 2016 - 06:06 PM.


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Posted 07 April 2016 - 06:06 PM

Got it!! Found both on Ebay. I hate buying electronics on Ebay but the switch is only $15 on Ebay. It won't hurt me if it is a loss.



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Posted 07 April 2016 - 06:20 PM

Yes - 2 Ethernet patch leads. These are available in many lengths (& colours)


I should have said 5 port switch rather than 4 port as this is the common size of small switch, although for your purpose you only need 3 ports.

Well the 1 I bought on Ebay is a 5 port switch. Hoping this will speed up Internet. Also at present when I connect Ethernet to laptop I have to restart my modem. Hoping if constantly connected via the switch I won't have to restart the modem.



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Posted 27 August 2016 - 12:10 PM

Just FYI to anyone seeing this, a switch won't normally work to connect two computers to a "modem", only a router or gateway. That is unless your ISP offers multiple IP's. You would need a router with NAT.



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Posted 27 August 2016 - 04:51 PM

A router would have been my suggestion...I believe a router also has the advantage of providing more security than would be provided via a switch.

 

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Posted 31 August 2016 - 06:54 PM

Yes - 2 Ethernet patch leads. These are available in many lengths (& colours)

I should have said 5 port switch rather than 4 port as this is the common size of small switch, although for your purpose you only need 3 ports.

Well the 1 I bought on Ebay is a 5 port switch. Hoping this will speed up Internet. Also at present when I connect Ethernet to laptop I have to restart my modem. Hoping if constantly connected via the switch I won't have to restart the modem.


You mention a modem. What kind of Internet service do you have? Cable, DSL, Fiber, etc? Is it just a modem or is it a "gateway" (i.e. a modem combined with a router)?

If it is just a modem, then as Trikein mentioned, you will need a router instead of a network switch.

If it is a gateway, then just a switch will work. However, if it is a gateway, then it should have more than one Ethernet port available on the back to connect devices to, which would mean that you don't need anything other than a second Ethernet cable. In other words, gateways tend to have a network switch built into them as they typically are a combination of a modem, router, switch, and wireless access point.




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