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    Ethernet Splitter

    Hi.

    I have two computers one of which is connected to the internet. I want both computers on the internet.

    I have a virgin media modem with just an ethernet cable going into my PC.

    Is there any such thing as a ethernet splitter so the ethernet cable from the modem will plug into it and i can add another ethernet cable to the other PC so it can connect to the internet?

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    Re: Ethernet Splitter

    Yes, but it wont work for you. Cablemodems learn the mac addresses of what machines are connected to them, and VM limit this to one PC. Thus you can only have one connected at once.

    You need a router.

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    Re: Ethernet Splitter

    thanks for replying.

    if i buy a wireless router, what will i need for the other PC to collect the packets and connect?

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    Re: Ethernet Splitter

    a wireless network card should do it

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    Re: Ethernet Splitter

    If you were after an ethernet splitter that means both PCs have network cards. So why pay that bit extra for a wireless router and then a wi-fi card?
    Just get a bog standard cable router and a couple of network leads

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    Re: Ethernet Splitter

    Before you can change it or after you've changed it you will probably need to contact VM and tell them this because otherwise they will still be expecting the mac address to be that of your old equipment not your new equipment.

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    Re: Ethernet Splitter

    plexer, a lot of cable routers will let you choose a mac address to clone. just get the mac address of the pc currently with the internet, then in the routers config pages there should be a page letting you choose your own mac address. put the one in from the PC and it should all work fine. been doing that with mine for years cos there's no way i'm sitting for an hour on the phone to VM just to go through countless steps to tell them what i want

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    Re: Ethernet Splitter

    make sure you get a specific 'cable' router as adsl ones wont work.

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    Re: Ethernet Splitter

    Quote Originally Posted by MK-2
    plexer, a lot of cable routers will let you choose a mac address to clone. just get the mac address of the pc currently with the internet, then in the routers config pages there should be a page letting you choose your own mac address. put the one in from the PC and it should all work fine. been doing that with mine for years cos there's no way i'm sitting for an hour on the phone to VM just to go through countless steps to tell them what i want
    I'm on Virgin (previously Telewest). Before I got my router, I was always changing between my desktop and laptop - I just had to reboot the Modem. Similar when I got the router.



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    Re: Ethernet Splitter

    andy: it seemed that telewest allowed you (i think) up to about 5 mac addresses to be used, whereas NTL customers were only allowed 1 and had to request others. VM have probably just kept that system

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    Re: Ethernet Splitter

    No, telewest only allowed one.

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    Re: Ethernet Splitter

    Can't comment on VM, but back when we had NTL, we had an Ethernet switch-router connecting the two PCs and NTL's box. NTL wouldn't support us using it this way, so whenever we phoned them or had them round we always had to unplug it first, but it worked just fine.

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    Re: Ethernet Splitter

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff
    No, telewest only allowed one.
    So how did I manage it, Geoff?!



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    Re: Ethernet Splitter

    It did use to be possible to register a different MAC address with many ipconfig/release and renew commands but it wasnt something you would want to do a lot.
    It probably is still possible to change as you obviously have to consider people who buy a new PC
    But officially they say only 1 PC can be connected so people dont just swap the cables and wonder why it suddenly doesnt work I would guess

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    Re: Ethernet Splitter

    Quote Originally Posted by andy
    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff
    No, telewest only allowed one.
    So how did I manage it, Geoff?!



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    You probably paid your fiver and signed up for the dual connection deal.

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