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I have a cat 5 cable running from downstairs where my router is at to upstairs into my room, however, I have 2 computers in this room. Can I split this connection into 2 using a switch? or what do I need?

Also I would rather not run a 2nd cat 5 cable if there is a better cheap alternative.
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Yes, a small switch would be the best. Could get a cheap gigabit 5 port for between 15-25, depending on manufacturer.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833156250
$20 with the promo code that's good for the rest of today.
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A small switch is more than enough smile.gif
Just make sure you don't accidentally get a hub tongue.gif
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I have a cat 5 cable running from downstairs where my router is at to upstairs into my room, however, I have 2 computers in this room. Can I split this connection into 2 using a switch? or what do I need?
Also I would rather not run a 2nd cat 5 cable if there is a better cheap alternative.

just go with a cheap unmanaged switch such as any of these

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100010066%204093&IsNodeId=1&Description=switch%20gigabit&name=Switches&Order=BESTMATCH

it is a better option than running another cable from downstairs to upstairs and saves you the hassel and/or mess asociated with running a 2nd cable thumb.gif
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As stated, a switch will be fine.
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