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3D and ethernet router again [message #87548] Sun, 05 April 2020 14:45 Go to next message
sus453 is currently offline  sus453
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Hi everyone,

I have two ULN-2's, one of which is 3D. I want to connect it to ethernet, but the ethernet on my computer (2019 iMac) is already being used for a control surface. To be able to use two of them, what do I need to get for an ethernet router or switch?

Thanks in advance,
Susan Alcorn
Re: 3D and ethernet router again [message #87549 is a reply to message #87548] Sun, 05 April 2020 15:37 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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sus453 wrote on Sun, 05 April 2020 14:45
I have two ULN-2's, one of which is 3D. I want to connect it to ethernet, but the ethernet on my computer (2019 iMac) is already being used for a control surface. To be able to use two of them, what do I need to get for an ethernet router or switch?


You can either use a Gigabit Ethernet Switch on your computer's port to share it with the Control Surface and with the MIO. Or you can add an additional USB controller for the control surface. Either way should work.
Re: 3D and ethernet router again [message #87550 is a reply to message #87549] Sun, 05 April 2020 16:36 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Thank you, BJ! Is there a certain kind of ethernet switch I should get? I see some running for less than $100 and others going for $400-$500. I, of course, want to get what works, but I don't want to spend more money than I have to.

Thanks
Re: 3D and ethernet router again [message #87551 is a reply to message #87550] Tue, 07 April 2020 13:33 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I've been using the Netgear small unmanaged gigabit switches. ProSafe GS108 (8 port) or GS105 (5 port) - they work fine. They are both under $50.

Alternatively you can get a USB to GIgE adapter for your computer and put the control surface and MIO on separate network ports. Get a USB3 Gigabit adapter (USB3 or USB-C depending on your computer). Anker makes ones that are known to work. This should be well under $30.

Either approach gets you going. Adding a USB Enet adapter is probably slightly better as there is no mixing of the traffic between the Audio interface and the Control surface...
Re: 3D and ethernet router again [message #87552 is a reply to message #87551] Tue, 07 April 2020 13:41 Go to previous message
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Again, thanks BJ for you help and advice! I've ordered the Netgear switch.
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