I have added several new computers to a home network and I run out of free ports a gigabit-in switch... Two of the connected devices are printers and run just ocasinally. I would like to have all devices connected without running a second switch or buying a bigger one. My ideas to stuff two devices in one port are:
1) since FastEthernet only uses two pairs and the cables and ports in switch have four pairs it should be possible to connect two pairs of each printer to four pair of the switch. in that case: how to connect it everything?
2) Connect everything 1:1 and rely on CSMA/CD to resolve any collisions (there should be only few because the cable is mostly idle...
Any thoughts/Ideas/other solutions?