To determine the best Ethernet splitter for you, we have to dig a little deeper. You can get splitter cables that maintain great speeds from the source, and these don’t require a power supply. However, you can only use one of the connected devices at a time.
If you actually want to use them simultaneously, you need an Ethernet switch or hub. The cheapest of these actually cost less than some splitter cables. We’ll cover both types in this list of the best Ethernet splitters. But for most we recommend an Ethernet switch.
Best portable ethernet splitter: Maxhood Ethernet Splitter
Best value ethernet splitter: LAN Splitter RJ45 Ethernet Extension Cable
Best value ethernet hub: TP-Link TL-SF1005D
Best ethernet hub for performance: TP-Link TL-SG105S
Best portable ethernet splitterBuy now: Maxhood Ethernet Splitter
It supports CAT 6 cables, with a theoretical maximum speed of 1Gb (125MB) per second. And no power supply is needed. However, the simplicity of the design means only one connected device can access the connection at a time, which is why these splitters may not actually be what you need.
No power cable required
Easy to hide
Good Cat6 speeds
Can’t supply connection to two devices at the same time
Best value ethernet splitterBuy now: LAN Splitter RJ45 Ethernet Extension Cable
As great as the Maxhood ethernet splitter is, it does require an additional ethernet cable to connect the splitter to your router – but that isn’t the case here. With this 3-in-1 from Herfair, there’s a built-in cable so you can hook up the splitter to your router from the get go, and there’s even three ethernet ports ready for compatible devices. When it comes to value for money, Herfair’s offering is hard to beat.
Built-in ethernet cable
Three available ports
Great value for money
Limited to supplying internet to one device at a time
Best value ethernet hubBuy now: TP-Link TL-SF1005D
It is affordable, you can hide it under a TV stand easily, it barely uses any power and offers four extra connection points. Speed is the only major reason to spend more. Its ports are rated at 100Mb/s, or 12.5MB per second, so it isn’t fast enough to match the fastest fibre or gigabit speed broadband. Still, for online gaming and 4K movie streaming it’s more than quick enough.
Very low cost
Easy to setup and use
Provides connection for up to four extra devices
100Mb/s bandwidth may bottleneck speeds for this with ultra-fast internet
Best ethernet hub for performanceBuy now: TP-Link TL-SG105S
While the TP-Link TL-SG105S might look a bit stern from the outside, it definitely means business on the inside. This ethernet hub can process gigabit speeds so if you’re obsessed with maintaining a solid connection during online gaming or for uploading/downloading files, then it’s an essential piece of kit to have on hand.
Gigabit speed Ethernet ports
Five available ports
Not the most attractive ethernet hub out there
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