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Connecting a hub

I have a RP114 and I want to connect a hub to it, do I need to uplink it to the hub? Or do I need a crossover cable?

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The RP114 has auto-MDI/MDI-X sensing ports which means you can use a crossover cable or a straight cable in any of the LAN ports and it will automatically make a connection to whatever device you are using, so no uplinking is necessary.

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If I understood you right, you have a wireless router that connects to you're PC and game console wirelessly, now you brought a 5 port switch to use with non-wireless enabled devices. please correct me if I'm wrong.

However, you will not get any extra speed from a 5X port switch, its either 10 Mbps for ethernet, 100 Mbps for fast-ethernet, and its automatically negotiated between the device and the switch therefore you see the "10/100" in every switch/network card specifications, it means it supports auto-negotiation. same goes for 10/100/1000

As per the network cable categories, there's no big difference really between CAT5, CAT5e, CAT6 because they all support the fastethernet (100 Mbps speed), the maximum length should not exceed 100 meters (theoretically), I'd say don't exceed 80 meters from my personal experience. The noticeable difference between the 3 categories (CAT5/5e/6) is the cable thickness, hence, quality.

I hope this answers your questions. feel free if you have any further queries.

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Hello - We have built a new room and I have one end of 100 FT UTP cable connected to my DSL router and the other end is connected to the wall jack. Now, when I connect the wall jack to the laptop, I can...

OK - I first did not understand the problem, but after looking at the manual of the RP114 (if you don't have one, you can get it here), things become clearer.
  • Vocabulary: You say you "put a hub in between", but you connected the RP114 to the wall outlet and a computer to the RP114. Correct? The problem is that this device is not a hub, but a router.
  • By installing a second router, you created a second network, that is not able to talk to your first network. That's why you can't get to the gateway.
  • You will have to re-configure your RP114, so it can communicate with your first router. Actually, you will have to disable all "router" functions, especially DHCP.
So - how do you do that?
  • Connect a computer to the RP114 and check your IP address by typing "iconfig /all" in a command prompt (Win-key+R, then type "cmd" and then "ipconfig/all in the opening window.) You will see that your IP address is somewhere in the range.
  • Find the Gateway information.
  • Look at the manual (pg.41-43) how to connect to the RP114.
  • Start the wizzard. None of these settings are important, except pg.46 "WAN IP Address Assignment"
  • Here you have to match the values to your current DSL router configuration. Let's say my first router has the following information:
  1. IP address (=Gateway)
  2. Subnetmask
  • Now choose "fixed IP address" for the RP114 and set it to
  • Subnetmask is
  • Gateway is (your first router)
  • click Finish
What you did here is to integrate the RP into your first network.
  • Now go to "Advanced Settings" (see pg.55 in the manual) and go to "LAN Setup".
  • Disable DHCP. You don't want to have two devices handing out addresses - let your first router do that.
  • Check the System Status (pg.67) and make sure all settings are applied: WAN should point to your first router, no DHCP on your LAN.
One last thing: whatever IP address you give to your RP114, make sure that you take that out of the DHCP pool from your first router. You didn't mention which router you are using, but usually they all have a setting that defines the DHCP range (see some examples pictures here.) So if your first router's address is and your RP's address is, start the DHCP range outside of these values. In other words: make sure that RP's address is NOT used by DHCP, or your setup might fail. You want to reserve that address for the RP only!

If you think that this is way too much trouble, you can always go here and get a switch for under 20$.;-)

If you have any more questions, just come back here and leave a comment - I'm happy to help.

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leeb..... switches cannot be connected to the Cable modem.... because NAT will not be enabled in cable there wont be any DHCP server present in the cable modem....
Nat will be enabled only in DSL modem like AT&T verizon etc....So DHCP server will be present inside DSL modem...that is the reason why switches can be connected only to the DSL modem....
With NAT enabled modem, switch will work as a switch.... With NAT disabled modem, switch will work as a hub.... This is the difference....
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Xbox Network Connection using Hub

This is the most common network configuration and is also the easiest to setup.
Step #1: Plug your network cable(RJ-45 cable) that comes from your cable/DSL modem into the uplink port of your hub. (Make sure that your uplink is switched to "on").
Step #2: Take an RJ-45 cable and run it from one of the ports of the hub, directly to the Network Interface Card (NIC) installed in your computer.
Step #3: Take another RJ-45 cable and run it from a different port of your hub directly to your xbox.
**NOTE** A switch may be used in place of a hub with the same basic setup.**

That's it! No other network changes should be needed for this configuration. Your Xbox is now on the same network as your PC.

Xbox Network Connection using Router

This is another common network configuration.
Step #1: Plug your network cable(RJ-45 cable) that comes from your modem into the WAN port of your router.
Step #2: Take an RJ-45 cable and run it from one of the ports of the router, directly to the Network Interface Card (NIC) installed in your computer.
Step #3: Take another RJ-45 cable and run it from a different port of your router directly to your xbox.

**NOTE** In steps #2 and #3, you should not use a port that is directly beside the "uplink" port on your router, if your uplink port is being used to connect to another routing device.** If your router has a built in firewall, you will need to forward ports 8602 both incoming and outgoing to the internal ip address of your pc. Consult your device manaul for port forwarding.

That's it! Your Xbox is now on the same network as your PC

Xbox Network Connection using Crossover Cable

This is the last network configuration. For this setup you need at least one NIC card.
Step #1: Plug your USB cable that comes from your modem into your PC's USB port. This should already be done, if you have a usb modem for your current internet connection.
Step #2: Take an RJ-45 cable and run it from an installed NIC card on your PC, directly to the Xbox.

**NOTE** A crossover cable is only needed if you are connecting the Xbox directly to the second NIC card. If you have a device such as a switch, hub or router in between you should use a standard RJ-45 cable. This type of network setup also requires "Winroute©", a program downloadable from the world wide web. Consult the manual for specific instructions on how to set this up. Also if you have a USB ethernet adapter, you may use any of the setups described herein. USB ethernet adapter basically converts a USB cable into an RJ-45 cable.

That's it! Your Xbox is now on the same network as your PC.

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I guess you have a single incoming internet connection and wish it to be shared.

You only require one DSL / Cable router. To share this connectivity you will need Ethernet / Cat5 or wireless.

An ethernet switch or hub will enable you to extend connectivity.

All cable should be CAT5e or CAT6.
Suggest you consider the slightly more expensive switches that have auto-uplink. The negates the need of crossover cables.

Regards B.

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