Well, no not exactly. We need to examine how the signaling between a hub/switch and an end device works on standard utp cabling in order to understand this.Radman said:You can NOT just run a standard ether cable to your comp. I know that because I tried. However, this is just a basic rule of networking. You would have to use a crossover patch cable or run it to a router or hub then to the comp. Then from the hub you could also run it to the dimmers, if ETC, and even to a wireless access point. Then you can hook up nodes too, wired or if you have the wireless stuff, wireless using WiFi like 802.11 a/b/g whatever you use.