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Toggling Ethernet?!

By KahunaNui ·
Could anyone let us know if they have ever heard of any kind of "toggle switch" for Ethernet so a particular connection could be toggled on/off? The closest I can find is a "Manual Ethernet Switch". NTI makes an expensive one ETH-2x1 ($90) and Dalco sells a really cheap simple AB switch ($12.80 - for that price I wonder if it handles even 100TX or just 10). I know that Ethernet by it's very nature doesn't like that sort of thing, but if they have a manual switch, why not something to toggle on/off which should be a lot less money?

Thanks in Advance!

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by ghimpe-- In reply to Toggling Ethernet?!

Personaly i've never heard of a "toggle switch" for Ethernet but i often use a plug/unplug cable from ethernet switch

What's the purpose for a "toggle switch" for Ethernet ??

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by KahunaNui In reply to Toggling Ethernet?!

The reason for being able to toggle an ETH connection is simple. As you pointed out, you can only resort to plugging and unplugging the connector which results in excessive wear. When your port wears out on either your system or your switch, replacing it is a PITA. The only other solution I can think of other than what I already mentioned is a MANAGED SWITCH, but that's over our budget.

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by willcomp In reply to Toggling Ethernet?!

A simple solution may be an in-line RJ45 connector (used to connect 2 RJ45 cables) and a short patch cable.

You can unplug from in-line connector instead of RJ45 jack on PC. If connector or patch cable wear excessively, simply replace. Total cost should be less than $5.00.

Dalton

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by KahunaNui In reply to

I had originally looked at this for a solution, but being from the "old school", never looked at it seriously. After your suggestion, I went back and found that these Eth couplers had improved and they now have "Enhanced Cat5e Certified" choices. Since we multi-boot this system, it turns out that this would be the easiest and we thank you very much for having us go back and take another look at this.

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by Ltop In reply to Toggling Ethernet?!

Hi There,

Couple of thoughts on this:
If connected to DHCP, would an ipconfig /release do the trick.

You could enable / disable the LAN connection - find the registry entry and create a couple of .reg files to allow toggle on/off.

Create two hardware profiles - one with the Nic enabled and the other disabled - on bootup you should be presented with the option.

Let us know how you get on,

cheers

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by KahunaNui In reply to

Sorry, we had tried to locate a reg entry that would disable this as it would be simple to run it as a logoff script / batch, but couldn't find it. Also, I tried sending a private message to confirm such a reg "hack" was possible with no luck. The multiple HW profiles wouldn't work because once you booted to the one with the LAN / NIC disabled and then RE-enabled it, the profile was then worthless at next boot UNLESS you remembered to again DISABLE it BEFORE shutting down. A whole lot of hassle compared to just setting up the Eth coupler. Thanks for the response.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Toggling Ethernet?!

Well if you are using XP 200 or 2003 you can disable the connection at will in the control pannel.

Does this help you?

But to wear out a socket you must be plugging and unplugging a lot as on every LT that I've ever had to work on this just has not been an issue.

Col

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by KahunaNui In reply to

This wouldn't help as the hang happens at boot. Since we mulit-boot OS's on this system, I believe the best solution is to use the Enhanced Inline Coupler mentioned above. We would rather use a registry hack (also mentioned above) but again, since we multi-boot the system, we'd have to set this up too many times. Also, I haven't run into exactly where in the reg we can disable this. Thanks anyway.

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