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Farallon Ethernet 10T Starlet/4

I have this old hub that I want to use to network some printers. I don't have a manual for this unit. I am just wondering why the LED for channel 3 is highlighted on the faceplate, while the others are not. Should I use this channel as the uplink?

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  • pickledorf Aug 08, 2008

    I apologize for not being clearer. The LED is not on, but there is a yellow box painted on the faceplate. You're right that the hub is old and slow, so I wouldn't bother to fix it, but I thought it would be ok for a printer.


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Hubs are just distribution points, so they are pretty simple pieces of hardware.

If port 3 is lit up, with nothing plugged into it, I would say that it is probably a bad port.
Which can bother the rest of the ports (maybe, maybe not) A lit port with nothing in it can be a sign that it is probably "jabbering".
Since this is only a 10mbps hub, I don't know if I would spend too much time troubleshooting it. If it does have problems, I would just replace it. You can get a 10/100 switch which is a much better distribution point for under $30.

As for using #3 as an up-link port, I vote no. I would just plug that port off, and not use it for anything. A solid light in the middle of a bank with nothing in it is a bad sign.

Posted on Aug 07, 2008

  • Coss Aug 08, 2008

    Yes, as a splitter for a printer it should be fine. 10mbps is plenty, same for internet.

    yellow box??..... Does it look like a little top hat? And show it in 2 different sizes? (like an indication for a button to be in or out?) and is there a push button switch close to it?

    That would be an uplink, or pass through port.

    You can either do the port switching, or you can use a cross over cable for an uplink.


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