Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by daddygame, Aug 8, 2014.
Is it possible to share one port from the back of my router via a splitter?
You should be using a switch.
so in other words there is no way of getting this to work?
No, Ethernet does not work this way. You cannot use a splitter of that sort to provide two Ethernet connections from one. The device you've linked there isn't really for Ethernet, even though it's using RJ45 -- it's intended for certain kinds of telephony devices. If you were to use that on an Ethernet network, the havoc created would be quite large. Duplicate packets, ARP/MAC confusion, packet loss, and quite possibly not even reliable link (has to do with the level of voltage needed to establish link; splitters often half this).
Your router should have multiple LAN ports on the back of it (I'm assuming at least 4); if those are all full and you need more, as @lancethepants said, you need a switch. A simple 4-port switch will do the trick (if too expensive, look for other brands, ex. D-Link, Linksys, etc.).
Thank you all so much for your time and help!
You can't use a regular splitter, but there are special ethernet splitter/combiners that you can use, like this one:
They use the normally unused extra pairs in the ethernet cable. Usually a switch will make more sense, though.
You should read the description of the product you are posting:
This wouldn't help the OP, there is no way to turn one switch port into two.
Yeah, you're right, wouldn't help the OP.