Re: Can an ethernet splitter connect 3 laptops for a lan game?
for some reason a long time ago, someone decided that the standard ethernet cable should have 8 connections, (brown, green, Orange Blue and those same colours with white stripes on them)
however they also decided that only the green and orange would actually be used.
so, where there are wired networks some bright spark came up with the idea, hey, why don't I send one set of signals down the green/orange pair, and then send a different set down the brown/blue pair so that all eight conductors are used, and I don't need to rip holes in my office wall to route new cables.
gigabit networking however does use all 8 conductors. (so these passive splitters don't even work any more)
to connect three machines together you'll need either a hub or a switch (and three cables).
Or if all the machines have wireless then can all connect to the same wireless access point.
if your home internet has wireless, a lot of wireless routers come with 4 port switches built into them. (so you could just plug all the PC's into that.)
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