Karmi, I don’t get it :/

Hey y’all

Did you read Karmi’s interesting Linux blog lately? One of his newer stories I don’t get at all. Please read Karmi’s blog and then tell me if TP-Link made the most useless product ever or I am, like, totally stupid.

Okeee, I give you this: In a corporate situation this might make some sort of sense. I remember we had those ethernet hubs in our office as well, and all the ladies in one dept or an office were connected to one such unit. And from those one cable ran to our server room where the main router was located.

But we’re talking about only a handful machines now. Private use. Karmi’s got 6 PCs permanently plugged into the interwebz and Orca and hubby got 3 desktops and 1 extra cable for her laptops. Hubby’s laptop and smarty phone go wirelessly.

And look how our ultra complex setup looks like:

Yeah, that’s right. One cheapo riff raff router I got complimentary from the ISP. You all know these things, you all have similar boxes in your households as well. It has wireless LAN, of course, but more importantly it sports 4 or 5 or more ethernet ports to plug in the Cat5 or Cat6 cables of your good machines that need a fast and stable connection to the interwebz. That’s all we need.

So why did Karmi give up on such things and instead uses a network switch? Doesn’t he need a router?


  1. I don’t get at all.

    – Trojan Horse 😉

    Of course you don’t.

    I have several routers…in fact, the Verizon LTE Home Internet box is a router. I tried one of the other routers wid the Verizon router, and it was going to be a major pain to set up. That was a year ago.

    I gave some of the other reasons, in the post, on why I started looking (again) for something simple ‘n easy ‘n quick to replace the Wireless USB Adapters I have.

    In the home or office, the Ethernet switch functions as a central station connecting computers, printers and every other wired device to each other. The switch is also wired to the router and modem to access the Internet. The wireless counterpart to Ethernet is Wi-Fi.

    (Note “home” ‘n “The wireless counterpart to Ethernet is Wi-Fi”)

    I was looking for a Plug ‘n Play (a Microsoft Windows term) device that would easily replace the Verizon router’s Wi-Fi signals to my 3 main Linux testing machines. TV computer is still wireless, and another computer I built for my brother (who doesn’t want it). My Dell XPS13 ‘n converted to Linux Chromebook use the Verizon wireless signal.

    Ended up just connecting the 2 main main Linux test computers to that Ethernet switch. Will also get around to seeing what other devices I can connect to it at some point in the future. It’s the unmanaged version, so it’s just Plug ‘n Play w/o any need to set it up.

    As you know, Linux is an Enterprise focused OS made for Technical people like Developers, Programmers, IT Specialists, Maintainers, etc. Linus Torvalds has said: “One of the problems Desktop” Linux has is it’s not made for “normal people, and by normal people I mean, obviously nontechnical people…”‘

    As an Enterprise focused OS, some Linux OSes still don’t recognize certain hardware components like the basic wheel mouse, printers, scanners, CPU’s, USB docks, Wi-Fi devices, etc. which can be problematic when doing tests on Linux OSes. This new Ethernet Switch eliminates the Wi-Fi issues…

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  2. “I tried one of the other routers wid the Verizon router”
    Why you do that? Who needs more than 1 router?

    “the Ethernet switch functions as a central station connecting computers, printers and every other wired device to each other.”
    Yes, and then we install Warpinator or some network protocol to make it all work. I still see no reason to unplug my machines from the router and put them on a switch. My desk is full of clutter already, don’t need any more techy shit.

    “The wireless counterpart to Ethernet is Wi-Fi.”
    Tell me news. Hubby uses wi-fi all the time since he’s several meters removed from the router and I use it sometimes since I’m too lazy to plug my laptop in. My 3 desktops are all on ethernet.

    “obviously nontechnical people…”‘”
    Call me a half-wit, which was always good enough to install all sorts of Linuxes and get online. No probs.

    “some Linux OSes still don’t recognize certain hardware components ”
    I’ve never encountered any distro which didn’t recognize the router tho. Else I couldn’t have installed them, do I?

    I really have no idea what kind of exotic Linux shitshows you install, when I come across a distro that refuses to acknowledge the wi-fi I just delete it. Life is too short to mess with non-Archy Linuxes. 🙂

    I still don’t know why you need that switch and don’t just use the ethernet ports of your router.


    • 2???

      WTF? 😮 That is even for an American capitalistic exploitation unit very very cheap. Go to some hardware store and get an ersatz router from TP-Link or some other manufacturer with a good reputation.


        • At least I know that all my routers from 2002 up to now had at least 4 ethernet ports. And, believe you me, there were some real gherkins in between. But none came with only 2 ether ports.
          So you’re using that switch as an extension and multiplier of your router or what? Good thinking. And 20 bucks ain’t too expensive neither.

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