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Only have one network cat5 cable recepticle in wall. Need to attach a printer and computer to the network. Do I use a splitter to do this?
 

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Assuming there is something at the other end of your Cat 5....

You need a router to assign a unique IP address to each device on the network.

Or you can statically assign an IP to each device as long as you use the same scheme and have a working hub/switch as your common point (as opposed to a splitter) which isn't made for what you are trying to accomplish.
 

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Whoa! I was expecting a ***** cat and an axe thread!!!:cat:
 

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Definitely dont need a layer 3 device ( router ). You don't need a layer 2 ( switch ) but its not as much overkill.
Are hubs still on the market?
 

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LOL shows you how long I've been out of the hard wired game. They are out there but they seem to be hard to find. A switch will work perfectly fine but it isn't necessary for your application. There are plenty of 5 port switches out there for $15-$20.
Yea switches with auto sensing ports are super cheap these days.
 

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They are super cheap, however PM me and I am sure I have a 6 or 8 Port in my junk box I can ship you.
That’s very nice of you.
 

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Yeah, a small switch (working on layer 2) will be enough.
Or you could connect a wifi access point and use wifi in that area. Just an alternative option.
 
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