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01-Aug-2008, 04:43 PM #1
Need Ethernet Inline Switch
As a security device I have an RJ45 coupler in the cable between my computer and internet modem, and I only couple the two cable segments when I need to be online. Needless to say eventually the cable connector breaks and I have to replace the cable segment. I could really use a simple inexpensive inline on/off switch to replace the coupler between the two cable segments, but can't find such a thing. Can anyone help? Thks.
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01-Aug-2008, 06:02 PM #2
For inexpensive you could disable the ethernet connection (in Network Connections) or use a firewall.

Next time you buy a modem look for one with a Standby button; all Motorola cable modems seem to have one.
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01-Aug-2008, 07:37 PM #3
Need Ethernet Inline Switch

Thks, TerryNet. I know there are work-arounds but that's not what I want. I have a good firewall, but nothing is as good as a physical disconnect. I know about disabling in Network Connections, but I don't want to have to go in and out of control panel every time I hook up and unhook. And even that's not as good as a complete physical disconnect. It's also much slower to implement, and if my system appears to be under attack I can break the cable connection in a second or two.

Your point about a switchable modem is good, and I could achieve the same effect wiring up something to power the whole modem up and down, but it seems a bit clunky and the ISP owns the modem, not me, and I would be held responsible if it's damaged.

Basically I'm not looking for a solution to this "problem"; I already have the 2nd best one, which means replacing a short Ethernet cable every few months, after it's been connected and disconnected a few hundred times. What I want is the very best one - a physical switch designed to be turned on and off many tens of thousands of times.
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