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Need more ethernet (CAT5) ports for my XB6 Wireless Gateway. How do I accomplish this?

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Need more ethernet (CAT5) ports for my XB6 Wireless Gateway. How do I accomplish this?

Comcast just updated us to a CGM4140COM XB6 Wireless Gateway that only has 2 Ethernet CAT5 ports.  Prior to the upgrade, we had an xfinity WiFi 802.11n XB2 wireless gateway that had 4 Ethernet CAT5 ports.

 

I need to connect at least 4 Ethernet devices via CAT5 to the XB6 Wireless Gateway.  How do I accomplish this?

 

The guy at the Comcast Xfinity store said to use a hub or a switch that is rated for DOCSIS 3.1 or higher.  I've looked at several hubs/switches online and can't seem to find anything in their specifications about DOCSIS version compatibility.

 

Can anyone recommend a device (hub or switch) that is simple to set up and is compatible with the CGM4140COM XB6 Wireless Gateway and can connect at least 4 Ethernet devices via CAT5?  If so, what is the brand and model number?  Thank you in advance for any help you can give me on this.

 

 

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Re: Need more ethernet (CAT5) ports for my XB6 Wireless Gateway. How do I accomplish this?

FWIW, the DOCSIS rating / spec doesn't apply to switches. What you want is a "gigabit" capable switch;

 

https://www.google.com/search?q=gigabit+ethernet+switch+amazon&rlz=1C1SQJL_enUS782US782&oq=gigabit+e...

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Re: Need more ethernet (CAT5) ports for my XB6 Wireless Gateway. How do I accomplish this?

https://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-Ethernet-Unmanaged-Internet-Splitter/dp/B00KFD0SEA

 

Been using mine with XB6 and GB Internet and works excellent. 

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Re: Need more ethernet (CAT5) ports for my XB6 Wireless Gateway. How do I accomplish this?

I have these and they work great:

1. TRENDnet 5-Port Unmanaged Gigabit GREENnet Switch (TEG-S50g) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001QUA6R0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_-9yeBbD1YDNF3

2. NETGEAR 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Unmanaged Switch (GS308)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KFD0SEA/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_A7yeBbHFHMNEK

"Sometimes the best way to learn something is by doing it wrong and looking at what you did." - Neil Gaiman
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Re: Need more ethernet (CAT5) ports for my XB6 Wireless Gateway. How do I accomplish this?

Thank you. I will make sure the model we purchase supports Gbit speed.

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Re: Need more ethernet (CAT5) ports for my XB6 Wireless Gateway. How do I accomplish this?

Thank you for the information.  The Netgear GS308 looks like the solution for us.  8 ports should make everyone happy!  By the way, the reason we are using some Ethernet CAT5 connections is because the wireless connection/speed from the XB6 to certain rooms in our house is horrible.

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Re: Need more ethernet (CAT5) ports for my XB6 Wireless Gateway. How do I accomplish this?

Thank you for responding to my post for help.  We will obtain a Netgear GS308.  That should make all the Ethernet CAT5 users in our house happy.  Unfortunately, the wireless speed/connection of the xfinity XB6 Gateway is horrible in several rooms in our house.  Thus the need for wired connections.

Expert

Re: Need more ethernet (CAT5) ports for my XB6 Wireless Gateway. How do I accomplish this?

Understood. Wired connections, when possible, are always preferable to WiFi ones. BTW, there are things that can be done to improve WiFi range / reach / performance.

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Re: Need more ethernet (CAT5) ports for my XB6 Wireless Gateway. How do I accomplish this?

Excellent.

BTW is the switch going to be in a visible area? You may want to get the white version of the Netgear switch as the cables plug in the back, making them less unsightly.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KFD0SYK/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_awdb_t1_4xzeBbNZ24QGY

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Re: Need more ethernet (CAT5) ports for my XB6 Wireless Gateway. How do I accomplish this?

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Good call on the white switch, I forgot they had the one where you can plug the ethernet in the back

 

Maybe I'm weird but I like seeing all the wires and flashing lights.....makes me happy :-)  

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Re: Need more ethernet (CAT5) ports for my XB6 Wireless Gateway. How do I accomplish this?

And I should add, if your devices are Gigabit capable, make certain the wiring is Cat5e or Cat6. Cat5 will not work well beyond a few feet.