hey we've got 2 pcs at home, and the net is connected directly to the router in the attic, and then theres a 30m cat5e cable running downstairs into my room where its connected to my pc. however, i may soon be getting an ibook.....yes an apple!but its free and they look pretty damn good!anyway,its got a network port inbuilt and i think it'd be nice for me to use that to browse internet....now the problem is that i somehow have to 'split' that single network cable coming downstairs......i am NEVER going to be using both the lappy and the desktop at the same time,so logical thing would be to plug the wire into lappy then disconnect and reconnect into the desktop when i wanna use that,however i simply cant be arsed to do that!and its gna put strain on the cable. what i've kinda been thinking is....a small box, with one socket at one end, and then 2 lengths of cat 5e cable coming off that one socket.the original 'orange' cable would be connected to that and then i would have one of the lengths of wire going to the desktop and the other to the lappy. i was thinking of a series of switches which switched the signals over between the 2 lengths, kinda how a tv aerial splitter works. except i'd actually be swapping the signals over. would something like this work? thank you.