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router,switch or hub?

By uziel ·
i got 2 computers and i want to connect them to my high speed DSL internet connection so each can acess the internet at the same time, what should i use, a router, a switch or a hub? whats the difference between these three??

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by TheChas In reply to router,switch or hub?

Unless your DSL provider allows you to have 2 IP addresses on the same line, what you need is a Cable / DSL router.

If you get 1 with a built in 4 port switch, you will have all you need to connect up to 4 computers to your network.

The consumer grade routers are not the same as a commercial router.

What the consumer grade router does, is log into your ISP for you, and distribute the broadband connection between your computers.

A Hub shares the available network bandwidth equally between connected computers.

A switch can act like a hub, but allows for a more dedicated connection should a pair of computers need to use the full bandwidth when no other computers need it.

As for brands, I prefer Linksys and Net Gear.

Since you have DSL, if you can install the router near where the phone line comes in, you might want to install a POTS splitter.
This will eliminate any problems from your internal phone lines and equipment to the DSL signal. and you wont need a DSL filter on each phone.

Chas

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by uziel In reply to

so you're suggesting i would get a consumer grade, NetGear/LinkSys, router with built in 4 port switch?
the info you gave helped me alot, it gives me an ample idea on how these devices work. keep up the good work bud, you're great!

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by BudTheGrey In reply to router,switch or hub?

I strongly recommend getting a broadband router. NetGear is my perferred model. They are cheap (often under $50). You can add wireless capability, and they are easy to set up.

The most important thing, though it that it will provide a layer of firewall protection for your PC's. You'd be immune to the Sasser worm behind most broadband routers.

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by uziel In reply to

thanks for the info guys! i really appreciate it!

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by CG IT In reply to router,switch or hub?

Chas has given you the low down on routers, switches and hubs. points for Chas.

I'm with Chas as I like Linksys routers. Netgear,Linksys, SMC, and all the rest all do pretty much the same thing. I just like Linksys cuz I'm familiar with em and the web interface is easy to use. If your a consumer, other routers like SMC's web interface might leave you scratching your head as theirs assumes some knowledge of TCP/IP and network routing.

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by uziel In reply to

thanks for the info guys! i really appreciate it!

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by LMon In reply to router,switch or hub?

All three answer are correct as far as brand depends on how much you know. If you dont anything about a router go with dlink they they have one of the best online support pages(they are the only ones with emulator which simulates programming of the router. If you wanna go with popularity go with Linksys if you go wireless dont get the befw11s4(linksys) they have a version that cant hold the connection and you will have to burn the latest firmware and wont guarantee that it'll fix the problem which means you'll have to exchange it or ship it them to fix.

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by uziel In reply to

thanks for the info guys! i really appreciate it!

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