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how can I add ports to my wireless router

By joe ·
I have all 4 ports in use on my wireless router. I would like to add more ports, how can I do this cheaply?

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Buy a second router

by Tig2 In reply to how can I add ports to my ...

Once all of your ports are full, you need to expand.

Incidentally, posting this to the "Questions" section will get you a better variety of replies. In the Discussions world, we only want to discuss why your router is lacking ports, not what you can do to fix the problem.

And you can rate poster responses there too. Very hip and now!

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Although this will work And add an additional

by w2ktechman In reply to Buy a second router

layer of security, it may be messy to setup and will be more expensive.

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get a hub or switch

by w2ktechman In reply to how can I add ports to my ...

A hub is cheaper and in most home applications it works fine.
A switch is preferred and should not cost much more.

Basically it will use 1 of the ports on your router and expand it to allow more ports. Most home networking hubs/switches will be 4-ports. For more ports, it will cost a bit more.

Now here is a question? If it is a wireless router, why not use the wireless capabilities?

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why not wireless you ask

by joe In reply to get a hub or switch

Most of what I uses are VoIP adapters and they work better wired. It has only been recently that I've even seen wireless connectors for VoIP.

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Adding ports is easy ....

by Watzman In reply to how can I add ports to my ...

This is very easy. Get a switch (not a router, not a hub), run a cable (you MAY need to either use a "crossover" cable or a special port on the switch) from one port of the switch to one port of the router, and you have more ports. Adding a 5-port switch to a 4-port router will give you 7 ports total (two ports are lost to the interconnection).

While this works fine, it really is a shame that, as far as I can tell, no one makes an 8-port wireless router. There really is a market for such a device.

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