Ethernet Switch or AE to have more Ethernet connections

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Marcosmach, Jan 17, 2017.

  1. Marcosmach macrumors newbie

    Apr 28, 2015
    I have a time capsule but I need some extras ports now. I also have an extra Airport extreme 5th generation that is not being used.

    My question is: Is better to get a and ethernet switch box (unmanaged 5 ports) such as Netgear or TP-Link or connect the airport extreme wired to the Time Capsule and set it with no transmission so I can have more ethernet ports?

    Thanks in Advance
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Either way will work just fine. The switch would use less power I guess, but if you already have the Extreme, I would just go with that.
  3. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    I've done this with a powered USB3 switch in the past with the Time Capsule. The only drawback is I was limited by the N speeds connections to connect drives!
  4. fhall1 macrumors 68040


    Dec 18, 2007
    (Central) NY State of mind
    Personally - If you aren't destitute, I'd spend the $20 and get a 5 port 1GB switch. Less power consumption and more ports. Using the AE is like using a hammer to kill a mosquito

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