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Labrajaws
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BT Whole Home - increasing number of ethernet ports on discs

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I would like to increase the number of ethernet ports I can plug devices into on the Whole Home discs (the ones not connected to the router i.e. the 'satellite' discs).

Is this possible by plugging an Ethernet switch into the back of the discs and then connecting multiple devices into the switch's ethernet ports (Smart TV, XBox, Freeview box etc).

If so, does this give a faster/more reliable connection to the discs (than a Wifi connection) for things like Netflix on a Smart TV or gaming on an XBox?

Thanks

Andy

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Keith_Beddoe
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@Labrajaws 

Yes you can do that. Whether its any faster is going to depend on the wireless speed between the disc and the master disk. Here is an example.

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Labrajaws
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Thanks @Keith_Beddoe 

Wouldn't the improvement depend on the wireless speed between the device (e.g. XBox) and the disc it is connecting to?

Wired via cat5e/cat6 cable:  1000MBps (if no other devices using switch)

Wireless: 2600MBps (maximum)

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Andy

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Keith_Beddoe
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I assumed you wanted to connect hard wired devices to the Ethernet switch?

I do not know whether the performance would be better that a direct wireless connection, as that would depend on the environment. I am not familiar with that product, as it not specific to BT, as its just a retail product.

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Labrajaws
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All my devices where speed/performance is important (Smart TVs and XBox) have both ethernet ports and wifi capability. Hence I'm just after the best connection to each disc - wired vs wireless.

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Andy

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Speed can only be as fast as the slowest link in the chain. I.e for internet connection your DSL speed will be the governing factor. The only time wifi speed is relevant is when connecting between devices on your LAN, e.g smart TV to NAS.

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If you connect your Smart TV and XBox by Ethernet to the Ethernet switch which is connected to the disc, you are still ultimately connecting by wireless. ie wireless from the Smarthub to the disc so you would be as well doing away with the Ethernet switch and use the wireless connection on your devices.

You would only have a "proper" Ethernet connection, which is the best way to connect Smart TV and XBox for the best speed, if you connect by Ethernet directly to the Smarthub.

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northshields
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Or possibly a Homeplug arrangement would work better than connecting to the disc?

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linka6979
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Is it possible to link the discs back to the hub using cat 5 cables for better performance? Thanks in advance

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