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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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    • #2536526

      Buy a second router

      by tig2 ·

      In reply to how can I add ports to my wireless router

      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!

      • #2536520

        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.

    • #2536521

      get a hub or switch

      by w2ktechman ·

      In reply to how can I add ports to my wireless router

      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?

      • #2536481

        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.

    • #2808433

      Adding ports is easy ….

      by watzman9 ·

      In reply to how can I add ports to my wireless router

      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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