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Hookup blu-ray player and computer to one line
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First my setup.

Internet via wall jack to my computer.

I just bought a 25 foot patch cable that I plan on hooking up my blu-ray player to.

What do I need to split the internet so it goes to both my computer and BR player?

Would a router work?

Or would a switch or hub be a better option?
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What do I need to split the internet so it goes to both my computer and BR player?

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Internet via wall jack to my computer.

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Or would a switch or hub be a better option?

First of all you need a switch (I'm not sure if you even can buy real hubs anymore, they are kinda dinosaurs). And of course one more patch-cable.

Just connect the wall-jack with the up-link-port[1] of the switch and PC and BD go into the others.

Afterwards you have try if it works on its own, which it most likely will if the IPs are provided via DHCP. If not you have to ask your wall-jack provider how to run a second machine.


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[1] Or if the switch has "auto-sensing" just plug any cable in any port
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First my setup.

Internet via wall jack to my computer.

I just bought a 25 foot patch cable that I plan on hooking up my blu-ray player to.

What do I need to split the internet so it goes to both my computer and BR player?

Would a router work?

Or would a switch or hub be a better option?

To add to what Mithi said, which is all correct:

- If you have a spare router, most modern routers have a 4-port switch included. Configure the router with or without the wireless access (your choice), then plug the wall jack into one of the 4 "LAN" jacks, and plug anything else into the other 3 jacks. Do not use the "WAN" jack. This is not the only way, but the easiest and best way to use a router switch.

- Or, as Mithi points out, use a switch. Any modern consumer grade switch, regardless of the number of ports, will be plug and play. Plug the wall jack into one port, and use the other ports to distribute the internet to other devices.

Regardless of how you do it, keep in mind the LAN SPEED. Especially if you are tenpted to buy a used switch. Do not waste money on a 10mb (only) swicth. In fact, they are so cheap now, that I would recommend going to the top: 1GB swicth. It will automatically configure itself to match the speed of whatever is plugged in.
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BTW you can get a used "Verizon Actiontec MI424WR" router from Amazon for a low as $15.

I am familiar with this particular router: it has 4 - 10/100 mb port switch (LAN), WAN port, wireless access, ethernet over COAX, plus standard CAT-5. That's just for an example - there are literally hundreds of perfectly suitable options for you out there.
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The above said by Mediadogg and Mithi is all correct.
Just one minor addition:
If your connection to the Internet currently is established by a Modem (usually the case if the connection data (username and password) are stored on your local machine) a Router may be needed to enable parallel Internet access for both Computer and BluRay-Player.
It all seems so stupid, it makes me want to give up!
But why should I give up, when it all seems so stupid?


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Ok, this is for my bedroom.

I know that there is a router in the other room and that's where the internet comes into the house.

And all computers on the network are connected directly into the wall via an ethernet cable.
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Ok, this is for my bedroom.

I know that there is a router in the other room and that's where the internet comes into the house.

And all computers on the network are connected directly into the wall via an ethernet cable.

Then is seems that your house is nicely wired (lucky!). The above solutions would still work, but a bit of a waste, because you will have a bunch of extra ports in the bedroom that you don't need - but a switch is still probably the cheapest easiest solution.

One additional solution is to connect either your Blu-Ray player or computer wirelessly to the router, assuming that the router has that capability, and you have it configured to use it.

Some BD players have wireless built-in, others have a USB port for plugging in a USB wireless adapter. And finally, they make simple 1-port wireless adapters designed for connecting gaming systems to your network. These adapaters can also be used with a BD player. Downside is that they will cost as much as a switch, and wireless will likely not be as fast or reliable as the wired connection.

Edit: I think we have all been assuming that you thought of this, but just for the record, is it possible to run a cable safely and neatly into the room with the router? If so, and there is an available port, just plug the wire in. If not, then we are back to the other solutions.
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First my setup.

Internet via wall jack to my computer.

I just bought a 25 foot patch cable that I plan on hooking up my blu-ray player to.

What do I need to split the internet so it goes to both my computer and BR player?

Would a router work?

Or would a switch or hub be a better option?


Pretty simple really.  I have a good gigabit router taking the feed from the cable modem over cat-5, then the router feeds three computers, my 3D TV, and my BD player via cat-5 cable. If you have more devices to connect than cable connections, make sure you use a wireless capable router and stick a wireless network card in the computer(s).  Easy, peasy.

If you have the new DOCSIS-3 type cable modem that Comcast is now requiring, make sure the router is compatible with it speed-wise.
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