Can you use a splitter on Cat5e cable?

stash-hdyNovember 20, 2010

I have Cat5e cable going to one of my TVs for internet access and would like to enable another TV. Can I use a splitter on the installed cable or do I need to run a cable from the Router to the TV I want to enable?

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dennisgli

Assuming we're talking Ethernet here - no, you can't use a passive splitter. But you can buy an Ethernet hub for $25 or less and use that.

    Bookmark   November 20, 2010 at 4:06PM
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stash-hdy

I am using the connection to the Router to stream movies to my Home Theater system and want to enable another TV in another room. Are there any speed considerations I should be aware of to use an Ethernet hub? Is installing the hub near my Home Theater then connecting the hub to that system and then running another Cat5e to the new location OK?

    Bookmark   November 20, 2010 at 5:09PM
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yosemitebill

The easiest, most reliable & consumer friendly way to attempt running streaming video to two separate media players (ie TV, Blu-ray, STB) at the same time is to use separate ports on your current router and run another Cat5e cable to your second media player.

    Bookmark   November 20, 2010 at 7:15PM
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stash-hdy

Thanks, I was hoping there was a way where I did not have to fish another wire to the Router. I really appreciate your feedback and time.

    Bookmark   November 21, 2010 at 12:37AM
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