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Hi all and thanks in advance. I'll start with some background.

I live in an apartment which provides internet service included in the rent. They use company called pavlov for the internet http://pavlovmedia.net/

wireless seems to be working fine but wired connection is at least %30 faster.

Ethernet, cat5 outlet is built in the wall, and there is only 1 outlet in each room.

I would like to take this 1 outlet coming out the wall and multiply it into 4 wires, for desktop, playstation, tv and laptop without loosing any internet bandwidth.

i have absolutely no idea weather this line is coming from a switch or a router but i have been researching Ethernet splitter, routers, switches, hubs and haven't found a solid answer. what is the best solution for me?

thank you once again!

EDIT: ok this picture cleared few things http://www.home-network-help.com/images/home-network-expanded.jpg

so seems that an ethernet switch is to ethernet as a USB hub is to USB but with packet inspection.

what is really 10/100Mbps Network Switch and what is the cap?

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You just need to plug a switch into the wall socket, and plug everything else into the switch (netgear do a 5 port switch). Assuming they haven't locked it down to an IP per outlet somehow, this is normal practice. –  Paul Dec 5 '12 at 4:48
    
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You need something like this, it's an ethernet switch, it's basicly a more sofisticated hub. 10/100Mbit if you don't have faster internet. No need for setting up, just plug and play. http://amzn.com/B00002EQCWenter image description here

But talk to your provider first and as for possibility of using this one, they maybe blocking access only for one computer at a time.

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If your provider allows multiple IP address, get a Switch as above. Otherwise, you need a router (more complex setup) –  cloneman Dec 5 '12 at 6:15
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I would suggest you purchase a router and plug it to the port. A router has an advantage over a switch in this situation, if your ISP is blocking access to one computer at a time.

A router is probably almost as cheap as a switch these days and far more prevalent among consumer setups. A typical consumer router is actually a router + network switch + wireless access point. So if you already have a wifi router, you would likely be able to use it directly, since most routers should come with 4 ethernet slots as well.

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