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I want to connect a printer to our small (6 workstation) local network but I do not have an open network cable end. Is there a splitter where I can connect two devices? Is that against best practice?
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>>> Is there a splitter where I can connect two devices? Is that against best practice?  <--- Yes, not a good idea.

Get a small 4- or 8- port switch. These are very inexpensive. Unplug one device, plug the switch into the network and now you have extra ports. Very easy to do.

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Neil RussellTechnical Development Lead

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Buy a small cheap hub off of ebay, will only cost you $20 or so.
sarasotamacIT Manager

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You can by a small switch or hub to handle the extra connection. Won't cost you much, go to any computer store.
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Just some advice. Use a switch, not a hub for what you want. .... Thinkpads_User
Glen KrinskySystems Administrator
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Use a switch...a hub will cause a lot of collisions in your network and result in slowing it down.  8-port switch should be less than $100.  You do not need a managed switch.

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Thank you and I was pleased to assist. ... Thinkpads_User

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