Larry & BBates,
Thank you for the quick response on such a tragic day. I guess I should clarify the situation furter and rephrase my question(s):
My reason for doing this is to enable my laptop to connect to our office network for file and internet sharing.
The problem is that the main hub is so far away from my workstation, >200-250 ft. or so, that our cost to install a second cable to allow me to connect my laptop to the network hub directly is prohibitive. Basically, I am trying to allow 2 PCs to share the single cable that connects the hub to my work area. To do this, I thought I'd try to "split" the connection from the existing cable by plugging it into the Barricade's WAN port, and then connecting my desktop and laptop to the standard ports in front.
1) Can the Barricade's WAN port be used as an uplink port?
2) If not, would a crossover cable do the trick?
3) If a crossover cable is the answer, would I be able to use an RJ-45 coupler on one end of the 200 ft.+ straight-through and a short length of crossover on the other to achieve the crossover effect? Remember, I am trying to avoid the hassle & expense of purchasing, crimping, and laying another cable.
Thanks in advance!
>I am not sure I understand
>your setup or the need
>for a "repeater" switch in
>the old one. To cascade
>hub/switches simply connect a regular
>port to an uplink port
>with a straight-thru cable or
>connect two regular ports with
>a crossover cable (for more
>information see What is an
>uplink port and what are
>the ways to connect two
>hubs/switches together? at http://duxcw.com/faq/network/uplink.htm). However,
>in this case all you
>have to do is retire
>the 16-port hub and DSH-5
>switch and plug all of
>your PCs directly into the
>Barricade. The PCs should have
>their IP/TCP Properties set to
>obtain their IP addresses automatically
>from the DHCP server in
>the Barricade. Any other DHCP
>servers should be disabled. IP
>addresses should be refreshed using