Not enough outlets on my Router

  RISC OS user 21:52 24 Jul 2013

I wish to split one of the outlets on my router in two so that I can access the LAN from another room when I take my Laptop there and I would rather not keep unplugging the LAN cables each time I move from room to room I prefer not use WiFi in this instance. If I connect a simple splitter to one of the Routers outlets and then connect each LAN cable to one of the new outlets will I have problems, is it similar to television signals which are halved when a co-axial cable is split?
Also what is the TP-Link TL-SF1005D 5-Port 10/100Mbps Unmanaged Desktop Switch, would it do the same job?

  Nontek 22:43 24 Jul 2013

A pair of Homeplugs is what you need.


  HondaMan 09:03 25 Jul 2013

Agree with Nontek. I have used them very successfully on my Sky+ box and TV etc but what is the objection to WiFi?

  onthelimit1 09:31 25 Jul 2013

You will have to go down the homeplugs or WiFi route as you cannot use splitters for ethernet like you can for TV coax.

  alanrwood 10:36 25 Jul 2013

You can't just split a network cable into two which is what I think you are suggesting. It is not like splitting a TV antenna cable (which actually reduces it by much more than half as the impedance matching is upset). Apologies if I am reading it wrongly. If you want to avoid having to connect a cable every time then you have no choice but to use wireless. You could use a homeplug type device but that depends on whether you want to stream HD videos for example. Homeplug and possibly something similar to this click here might be your only solution as the ethernet network cable would be permanently attached to the homeplug. It would require 2 mains sockets to be in use all the time though. Seems a terribly complicated way just to avoid plugging in a network cable on the times you go into the other room. Wired connections are faster, more secure and cheaper.

  alanrwood 10:38 25 Jul 2013

PS if you don't have enough outlets on your router tyou will need a "Switch" a 4 way Gigabit switch would cost around £15. The Tenda ones are particularly good and chep

  heymin 14:39 25 Jul 2013

Just do a search for "ethernet splitter". They're not expensive and as far as I know, the connection is only affected if the other port is being used at the same time which will slow it down .

  alanrwood 15:23 25 Jul 2013

Look at this for the differences

click here that it only shares the cable and you still need two ports on the router and cables to each machine from a splitter at the other end going to the computers.


  RISC OS user 10:18 26 Jul 2013

Thanks for all the suggestions, I will either get a cheap splitter at around £5 or the TP Link switch at about £7.75 all from Amazon.

  alanrwood 11:16 26 Jul 2013


I'm not sure if you have grasped this. Forgive me if I am wrong but I don't want you to spend money and find it does not work. A cheap splitter will not work on its own. You have to use 2 of them, one at each end. So you will require additional ports on your router. If you have one spare all well and good otherwise you will need an additional switch to create the extra port.

  onthelimit1 14:38 26 Jul 2013

Just to amplify, the ethernet splitters WILL NOT WORK in your situation - they are not designed to take a single output from the router to supply two cables.

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