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
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!!!