Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures) wrote,
Marcus L. Rowland
ffutures

Partial solution

The situation so far is that I've disconnected the long cable that serves the computer by the TV in my lounge and used that to take the network connection through to my work room - I'll eventually need to replace the TV cable but it isn't urgent, I'm not using it much at the moment. With the router in there I will only need a 10M cable.

In the work room I have the incoming network connection and my main PC plugged into a switch, and that's giving a good connection - as in I just downloaded a 350mb torrent in less than 10 minutes, and made a phone call while simultaneously opening a couple of sites - but I can't get my printer or network hard drive to work plugged into the switch.

I have a feeling that there is something wrong with the switch that I knew about the last time I used it, a couple of years ago, which is why I haven't been using it, and that it's currently working as a passive link between the two cables rather than doing things actively. The bottom line is that I can live without the printer and drive overnight, and there are a LOT of computer markets I can get a switch at tomorrow, so this isn't an insoluble problem - but does anyone have any recommendations for a basic switch with at least three output sockets, preferably more? Available in the UK, of course!

So far my shopping list looks like

1 10m ethernet cable
1 network switch
Cable clips

I also need to think about whether I want to get a DECT phone with a couple of remote handsets to replace the current phones - I gather it isn't a good idea to have more than one handset plugged in to a line that's also handling ADSL. Again, any thoughts on model?

And tomorrow I get to phone Virgin / NTLworld and tell them to get lost! YAY!!!
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