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Single IP, multiple devices

Discussion in 'Networking' started by orangeaugustus, Sep 17, 2008.

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  1. orangeaugustus

    orangeaugustus Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I have an ethernet connection running from a router to another room and I wonder if I could use that single connection for multiple devices (computer, game systems, etc). Will a hub work for a connection coming from a router?
    Is it possible to have them all up and running simultaneously or does it have to be one device at a time?

    Thanks,
    ~mark
     
  2. Courtneyc

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    If it's a standard SOHO router, and not a switch or a modem, you can have up to 253 devices attached. (There are 256 addresses available, but you can't use the first or last address, and one is reserved for the gateway--the router itself.) Note that the 253 addresses includes wireless devices.

    Courtney
     
  3. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Of course, the cheap router will choke long before you get to 253 devices! :D However, most SOHO routers will handle more devices than any home network is liable to see.
     
  4. TerryNet

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    You may be happier with the performance of an ethernet switch rather than a hub.
     
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