have airport exp, need 2nd ethernet port

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  1. zzs999 macrumors newbie

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    i have a macbook and an airport express, which is plugged into a cable modem. i plan to buy a samsung blu-ray player (model 1600), which can plug into an ethernet port or, for more money, use wireless. i'd like to use an ethernet cable because I think the airport express gets overloaded sometimes (music stops if two computers using wireless, for example) and the wireless attachment for the blu-ray player is a little pricey.

    how do i create a second ethernet port? do i plug a router into my cable modem and then plug the airport express into one of the router's ethernet ports? if i do that, will it just work or is there some set-up work to do?

    sorry, but i don't know very much about networking. thanks in advance for your ideas.
     
  2. Revelation78 macrumors 68000

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  3. zzs999 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks very much. does "switch" imply that only one of the ports is on at a given time? can two be on at once? not sure what the word "switch" here means. sorry for my lack of knowledge.

    thanks again.
     
  4. brentsg macrumors 68030

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    Switches intelligently handle traffic at the packet level so they can effectively manage traffic for many devices simultaneously.
     

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