Adding a TV to home network -- do I need a router?
March 6, 2010 7:53 PM Subscribe
Simple (I think) question about cable modem + home network: Would like to add TV -- do I need a router, or just a different modem?
posted by Alaska Jack to Computers & Internet (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I just bought a TV that, if you hook it up to the internet via its ethernet port, can access Youtube, Picasaweb, and a few other things.
Here is my current setup:
Cable Modem -> Apple Airport Express (model A1264)
I tried wiring it like this
Cable Modem -> TV
and it worked just fine. But the cable modem only has one ethernet port, and I would like to be able to keep my TV and my Airport Express plugged in at the same time. Do they make cable modems with more than one ethernet port? Or do I need to get a router, and wire it:
Cable Modem -> Router -> Airport and TV
I'd rather not get a router -- just one more piece of electronics cluttering up my small, borrowed living space -- but if I need one, what would be a good, inexpensive one to get?
Any guidance appreciated.