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Do I need a network hub or switch to connect to bridge ?

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I have an ethernet bridge with wireless capability that allows wired ethernet devices to connect to a DSL wireless router which provides access to the internet. The bridge only has 4 ethernet ports and they have all been used up. I would like to add additional ethernet devices to the network but don't have any free ports. Instead of purchasing an additional bridge, would it be possible to connect an ethernet hub to the existing bridge or does it need a switch. Also what kind of cable would connect between the hub/switch and the bridge - crossed or straight ?

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There would be no problem connecting the hub to the bridge. Just use a straight cable and you will be fine. In general the only time you need a crossover cable is when you are connecting two like devices together (ex. switch to switch or pc to pc)

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In the end I purchased a wireless Buffalo bridge which allowed me to link extend ethernet devices to the wireless network.
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