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Splitting a Cat5 Connection

We have over 60 RJ45 connections using cat5 cabling for our office network with several workstations and printers attached.  All connections are managed through 3 managed switches.  I need to add a workstation in an area that only has one network connection that presently has a heavily used network printer without having to run cabling through the office to the managed switch (which is on another floor in the building).  Can a smart hub be used to replace where the the printer is currently connected and then use the hub to connect the shared printer and a workstation from the hub without dramatially affecting performance?
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Attach a small workgroup switch, not hub, and you should have no issue.  Most switches can handle alot of traffic but if your concerned just research the throughput and make sure you get the best one for your environment.
rsabaAuthor Commented:
Ok, thanks.
Tony GiangrecoCommented:
I agree with dmwynne, your best way to proceed is get a small switch and plug that cable into  it. This will provide better and faster network communications than a smart hub.

Here is a very inexpensive gig switch that will provide good & fast communications for this situation:

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