Direct PC Connection

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Probably a dumb question so here is goes--
Can a use a cat 5 splitter to connect both the shack pc and the flex radio? I seem to be running about 230 ms while in remote use (the shack PC is using wifi with full green signal bars). I am just wondering If connecting the PC directly to the router would increase the speed.
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Larry Williamson

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Paul Lourd

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Is this because you only have one cat 5 coming into the shack and its connected to the Flex? If so, just buy an inexpensive 4 port switch. 1 port to the router, one to flex, and one to PC.
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A direct connection to your router is a good idea.  Or you could also put an Ethernet Switch in your shack and hardwire it to your Router (example: NetGear GS108).
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Slightly off-topic, but for those where the "shack" isn't that close to their router - but within Wi-Fi range -  what worked great for me is a 4-port switch (as mentioned above) with the PC and SDR and a WiFi/Ethernet adapter connected to it.  

I used an IOGear GWU627 Wi-Fi adapter and a Netgear switch.  The Wi-Fi adapter talks to the router and the switch manages the traffic from the PC and radio.  I turn off the home PC's Wi-Fi and let the Wi-Fi adapter  and switch handle all traffic.  (reasons are noted below)

I didn't have to run cables from my incoming router way over to the radio, and the switch knows how to send packets from the local PC or the remote PC so that the latency is pretty short (<2ms local;  80-120ms remote, depending on the ISPs involved).  

Whether I use Teamviewer to remotely connect to the home PC (preferred, but not allowed at work) or remotely via SmartSDR, it all just kinda works.  And of course locally it's a breeze.

BTW I tried all sorts of configs to get the home PC to share or bridge its built-in Wi-Fi to save buying an external Wi-Fi adapter ... and they all had frustrating idiosyncrasies, especially if the Wi-Fi dropped and the PC got confused as to who was boss, network-wise.  You can waste hours trying to set bridging metrics and it will never work the same way twice.  
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Good News---- The wife said " why don't you just install the router in the shack- there's no reason it needs to be out in the living room". No why did I not think of that??? She said " the router is just sitting behind the tv and not hooked to anything as every thing in the house is wifi".
So-- it took about half hour to drill a new hole with a nice wall plate and bingo! Now both PCs and radios are plugged directly onto the router :)

Thanks for the replies