I have a Verizon router that only has 3 LAN ports. I want to use a splitter in one of the ports so I can have an additional port. What do I use?

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    the best way to think about it is that an "Ethernet splitter" is a device called an "Ethernet Switch" (or a hub though that is really old technology). Oct 3 at 16:59

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You can't split Ethernet like a water pipe or a TV aerial, it is a point to point communication.

What you can do is change the number of points available to you.

An Ethernet Switch [or older-style Hub] can take one of the sockets from your router & then split it out to 4, 8 or more new connections - each retaining its point to point nature.
You can get these for as little as $£€ 10 - 15 on Amazon/eBay etc.

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In its simplest form, this just gives you 'more sockets'. The device itself is invisible on your network, it simply passes messages along to their intended destination, just as though your router had more sockets of its own.

As mentioned in comments - avoid these things…

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There are two types, equally as bad. [They do have their uses, but can be a bit of a trap for a beginner looking only for "the cheapest, easiest way to do something".]
One type allows two connections at full speed, but only allows one device at a time to use it, it will not 'share'.
The other must be used in pairs and will potentially drop your ethernet speed by a factor of 10, from 1000Base-T to only 100Base-T. They work by sending two distinct sets of 4 wires rather than one set of 8, which is what is needed for full Gigabit Ethernet.
As you have to buy them in pairs to get them to work at all, by the time you've done that you could have bought a proper Switch.

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  • @ChrisH - good call - those things are designed to catch out the unwary.
    – Tetsujin
    Oct 3 at 11:57
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    in 2022, I doubt you'd find a hub which wasn't new old stock or old old stock
    – Journeyman Geek
    Oct 3 at 12:25
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    @Tetsujin They do have legitimate uses in some office/industrial settings. If you truly don’t need gigabit Ethernet, and you can’t pull new cables to create additional drops (this is unfortunately more common than it sounds like it should be), they’re a perfectly reasonable way to add another connection somewhere where you need one. Oct 3 at 21:16
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    @AustinHemmelgarn - sure they do. I agree, but you need to know why & what for. In circumstances like this, at beginner level, they're just a bear trap waiting to catch out the uninitiated.
    – Tetsujin
    Oct 4 at 7:22

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