Can I use a switch with a homeplug to get 2 outputs?

Keiron

Well-known Member
As title really - can I take a cable from a homeplug to a switcher, then 2 cables from the switcher (one to my media player, the other to the TV for iPlayer etc)? Will it work? Or do I need 2 homeplugs? Or alternatively, can I get a simple splitter to take 2 cables from the homeplug?
 

Keiron

Well-known Member
Thanks - I acted in haste last week and bought a TP Link pair of homeplugs with single ethernet outlets. Works brilliantly (my wirelessly streamed video to my media player was previously stuttering). However, I need an output to my media player and my TV.

Could I use a simple ethernet splitter, the sort of thing you can get on ebay for 99p? Or would that half the bandwidth (if that's the correct term, and if it's something I need to worry about).
 

leecavturbo

Active Member
It needs to be a switch or hub.
A cable divider/splice is crude to say the least and would only serve to work with only 1 item powered at a time
 

beerhunter

Novice Member
Could I use a simple ethernet splitter, the sort of thing you can get on ebay for 99p? Or would that half the bandwidth (if that's the correct term, and if it's something I need to worry about).
I would use a switch instead.

BTW, contrary to the previous post, you can have two devices working at once with splitters. They way they work is you put one on each end of the cable and they "split" the four pairs into 2 X two pairs. So they only work with 10/100 Base-T Ethernet and by the time you buy a pair of them, you may as well do is properly with a cheap switch. Especially if you wish to move to 1000 Base-T in the future. (It needs all four pairs.)
 

Keiron

Well-known Member
Thanks...although I'm not sure what you mean by "four pairs"?

However, an additional homeplug (£17ish) is about the same prices as a switch, and a neater solution!
 

mickevh

Distinguished Member
There are 8 wires inside a UTP cable, grouped into 4 pairs of 2.

Of those 4 pairs, 100mbps ethernet "only" uses 2 pairs whereas 1000mbps (Gigabit) ethenet needs all of them.
 

beerhunter

Novice Member
However, an additional homeplug (£17ish) is about the same prices as a switch, and a neater solution!
A 10/100 Ethernet Switch is actually less that half that and "switching" is more efficient than having an extra device on the "shared medium" Local Area Network that is your mains wiring.

So I would submit that a switch is a more "elegant" solution.
 

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