House is 5 years old. Internet outlets for cat5 cables in almost every room. I have a home entertainment system in one room. I added a splitter to the cat5 connection in that room. There are three devices plugged into that splitter. Stereo receiver, blue ray player and the cable box. I had a second stereo system in that room that was not connected to the splitter. That stereo serviced three other rooms with impedance matching volume controls. I had a device (Audioengine) on the second stereo which would receive signals sent from my computer using an Audioengine transmitter. This allowed me to send the same signal to both stereos simultaneously. Either the Audioengine or the second stereo failed. I think it was the stereo because I bought it new in 1994.
I decided to upgrade to an internet ready receiver. First two I sent back because they malfunctioned. Just bought a new one and plugged it in. It is a Harmon Kardon 3700 plain and simple stereo....no video, no surround sound etc.
It searches for the network and returns a message on the display that says ....EMPTY...... I have talked to three techies at Harmon Kardon with no success.
However, my computer recognizes the HK 3700.
Is there a limit to the number of devices the network can handle. These devices are never ALL used at the same time. I changed out the cat5 cable and even moved it to another port on the splitter. I honestly don't think the HK is the problem. Three receivers can't all be bad.
What is the difference between a splitter and a switch? This may be a switch I am using. When I bought the second device that needed access to the cat5 connection, it was recommended by a salesman at Best Buy. I think it may be a switch.
The device is a Linksys SE1500. Is that a switch or a splitter?
I appreciate the feedback. My computer recognizes the HK 3700 and did assign it an IP address. I have the owners manual and went through the manual configuration. The IP address that my computer set up appeared as I went through the manual configuration.
If I take the cat5 cable off and start the HK, do you think it will find my computer?
No one can tell me why the HK 3700 won't recognize the network.
I have learned that the HK 3700 is not WiFi ready. It is supposed to be networkable. I can use a cat5 from my PC to the network rather that depend on WiFi. However, it doesn't matter because the HK 3700 won't recognize the network anyway.
Assuming that the 3700 would recognize the network, I still have to buy a switch to attach to the router. (We had to replace the modem a month or so ago and I was talking to the installation tech about the extra cat5 cables that were not plugged in. He told me that the router we have only supports X connections. The extra cables run to each room in the house. For $150 the company would enable the rest of the rooms. I asked him if he was simply going to add a switch and he looked embarrassed and said yes. I told him no thanks.)
By the time I buy the switch, another cat5 cable or two and spend a lot of time doing installation work I think I am better upgrading to a receiver that is wi-fi ready.
The router does send out IP addresses. I was going configure the HK manually. Remembering that my PC recognizes the HK, I remembered to look at the HK properties from my PC. It showed an IP address. When I started the manual configuration, the IP address was already there from the auto-configure.
I feel like such a novice. If I buy the switch to add to the router, and I connect my PC via cat5, will the HK 3700 recognize the network. I would think that the HK connectivity would happen regardless of whether I have my PC on WiFi or cat5 connection. What is the HK looking for when it tries to connect?
Additionally, when I try to configure the HK manually, the network assigned IP address shows up, but there are several other categories that show IP addresses. Should all of these IP addresses be the same?