Does anyone know of any company that makes hubs with coax ports? Or a hub with a coax uplink?
Lots of hubs have the bnc link port. Why would you want a hub for thinnet?
This is just one cheapo hub like you requested...look at any network products site and you'll find these.
We just recently built a house and they layed out coax throughout the house, so I figured I'd use it. Yea its slower n all, but don't want it to goto waste. It runs fast enough for what I'm after.
Do you have home-runs from each jack to a central location or is it looped in series to each jack?
Either way, you still don't need a hub. It's just more of a hassle to link a bunch of home-runs into a loop than to use a pre-wired loop.
Coax networks must be run in a straight line from one PC to the next to the next with terminators on each end. There are Coax hubs, that would allow you to run one line with a terminator on the end to each machine, but they are long outdated and hard to find. I see them occasionally at the local University surplus sales and auctions, but you can never tell if they are going to work or not. Many many 8 port 10BaseT hubs have a coax uplink port. You may also be able to find some coax to 10BaseT transceivers that will convert for you.
The other problem is that not just any coax works for networking. The stuff that cable TV runs on will cause you no end of problems. It might appear to work, but machines will drop on and off the network at random, and it could actually damage equipment in the absolute worst case. I would personally use that coax as a pull rope to yank some twisted pair cable through the walls. Hook the ends together and tape the heck out of them. Then go to the other end and start pulling.
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