I’m getting back into PC gaming again, a lot of good shooters coming out on PC lately. I have a ethernet cable going from my cable box to my Xbox in my “office” (I’m retired, so a game room, lol)… been using wireless for my PC since I’ve only really done SP gaming.
Can I buy, if they make them, a splitter and send a cable to both?
Wait, you do a trick that is not official but works very very well.
you have this:
Machine 1 - cable 1 - active network port 1
because your cable is passing from one place to other and you not want or can’t put a second cable you can do this:
machine 1 - adapter - cable 1 - adapter - active network port 1
machine 2 /… … … … … … … … … … \ active network port 2
where the adapters you use a female rj45 to split to other 2 males.
The trick is that tcp/ip in reality only use 4 wires, so the other 4 non used wires you can use to connect a second pc. the adapters what do is rewire in both sides to on the males sides use the correct pins and in the female side to use all 8 rj45 wires (4 wires pc1 and 4 wires pc2).
I can ensure that it works perfectly well even with cables + 100m and in Gbps.
What is important is you do the correct wiring. Search on the internet for this trick to see what pairs you should use and the scheme for the adapter home made.
Hey Magnum. Splitters for ethernet do exist and you can indeed use them. They’re unpowered as well saving you from having to need a free power plug. The disadvantage is that only one device can transmit over the cable at a time. If you only want to use either your PC or your XBOX at any given time, you will be fine. If you want to play online games on the PC while the XBOX does an update or the other way around you will need a switch as is recommended by others in this thread.
Thanks again for the advice… I did get a powered netgear switch, everything works great.
Funny thou, I question was it really all worth it, lol… my wireless speed for my PC and my console was 300 MB/s down, 10 MB/s up… since I hard wired they both have doubled, but really do I need that speed to game, hell I was playing the original Ghost Recon and Rainbow Six co-op on a 56 k modem, with no major issue. lol.