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RJ45 Splitter for DSL/file sharing connectivity

Discussion in 'Networking' started by 19jss58, Jan 26, 2006.

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  1. 19jss58

    19jss58 Thread Starter

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    I network a WinXP box with a Win98 box via a crossover cable. File sharing and dial-up Internet sharing (via Internet Connection Sharing) worked fine.

    Now that I have DSL, ICS performance has been erratic if it works at all. I can still update security applications on the Win98 box, but web surfing and most importantly Microsoft's Windows update site don't connect. Had to use dial-up account to update Win98.

    My Zoom ADSL X4 5651 MODEM GATEWAY ROUTER has two ports (USB and Ethernet) that allows connection to both computers. Currently, the XP box is connected to the 5651's USB port which leaves the 5651's Ethernet port to be connected to the Win98's NIC which of coarse, is already being used to connect to the WinXP box's NIC via a crossover cable. Still with me?

    Anyway, I thought that I could simply use a RJ45 Splitter <http://www.startech.com/ststore/itemdetail.cfm?ProductID=RJ45SPLITTER&mt=> like the gadgets one uses to split a phone line, to split the Win98's Ethernet NIC to solve the Internet access problem: male connector>Win98 NIC; female connectors: (1)crossover cable>WinXP's NIC and (2)patch cable>Zoom 5651's Ethernet port.

    However, advice so far has been that that won't work because: 1)splitting network connectivity is vastly different from splitting a phone line, and 2)something about IP address assignments. Is this advice that splitting the Win98's NIC won't work, correct?

    Instead, they've suggested: 1)buying a second NIC for the Win98 box, or 2)buying a dedicated Splitter box if the Zoom ADSL X4 5651 is an actual router, or 3)buying a dedicated Router if the Zoom ADSL X4 5651 is not an actual router. The issue here is that the Win98 box is old and I don't want to spend more on it than I have to.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Squashman

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    If your modem is actually a router as well, all you would need to do is buy a cheap switch to extend its functionality. If not then a cheap router would be the best solution. I would bet you could find either one for under $30. I once got one for $9.99 after a rebate.
     
  3. 19jss58

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    So the advice that splitting the Win98's NIC won't work, is correct?
     
  4. skinnywhiteboy

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    I wouldn't bother doing that. You can buy a router such as Linksys for about $40.00 nowadays. The router would connect to your DSL modem, and then the computers on your network would connect to the router. Since the router supports NAT, that will solve your Internet Access problem.
     
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    Just came upon this item: USB to RJ-45 Ethernet Adapter <http://www.isellsurplus.com/product.asp?id=9103&c=21&s=115>. Only around $14.

    Could simply attach to free USB port on Win98 box and run patch cord to Zoom 5651.

    Why wouldn't this work?
     
  6. Rockn

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    Why are you trying to make this harder than it has to be? Your router already had an built in switch to connect your additional PC's to share your internet connection. Take off ICS and just connect your two PC's to the router's LAN ports

    DSL ------ Router ------ Computer1
    ------ Computer2
    ------ Computer3
     
  7. 19jss58

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    Zoom 5651 has only one LAN (Ethernet) port.
     
  8. Rockn

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    Get a switch and connect it to your LAN(ethernet port) interface on the router/modem
     
  9. Squashman

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    THen buy a cheap switch. All kinds of them on Newegg for under $20. They have a few Zonet Switches for $15.99 with a $10 mail in rebate.
     
  10. 19jss58

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    Will switch enable XP-98 file sharing like crossover allows?
     
  11. skinnywhiteboy

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    Yes it will. The only time you need a crossover cable (usually) is when you're not using a switch and just connecting one computer to another. You will need straight through cables for this also.
     
  12. 19jss58

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    Zonet 8-Port 10/100BASE TX N-Way Switch Palm / Plastic/ Auto MDIX - ZFS3008P looks worthy.

    Seems better in long run than USB to RJ-45 Ethernet Adapter.

    Thanks.
     
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