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Centrecom Mr820tr hooking up network printers etc
Posted 30 April 2012 - 01:55 PM
A couple of years ago, in a lot of computer equipment acquired in an auction, I acquired a Centrecom MR820TR multiport micro hub/repeater (also marked IEEE 802.3 10BASE-t / 10BASE2 /AUI) This item was brand new in an unopened box. I tried selling it, to no avail, so it just sat around because I had no need for it. Now my network connection needs have expanded: I have a Zhone ADSL2 4port WiFi router to which is hardwired a NAS (iomega StoreCenter), two desktop computers, and an Epson WorkForce printer. I also have a Brother mono laser printer, and two laptops connected via the wireless capability. Being somewhat paranoid (even tho the DSL router is encrypted) I would like to connect the laser printer and the two laptops via the wired network. The Centrecom unit has 8 port slots marked "10BASE-T network ports" and one BNC connector marked "10BASE2" and a 15 pin sub D connector marked AUI. My question is: is it possible to connect this Centrecom unit into one port on my DSL router and use some of the other ports on the Centrecom to hook the printers, computers and the network storage. I see nothing on the Centrecom unit that is marked "input". Thanks for any help. (I have some lo-res photos attached)
Posted 30 April 2012 - 02:39 PM
That's a 10mbps switch (1.25 MB/sec in theory, realistically less), and will be pretty slow (it'll probably be fine with a printer, but will bottleneck web surfing quite a bit, and will definitely strangle the life out of network file transfers). That said, if you make sure DHCP is disabled on it and plug a cable from the main router into one of the ethernet ports, it should work.
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