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    by jamiem ·

    I am wanting to upgrade my 10bt network to fast ethernet. Now I have the old coax cable. I need to know which to use, a hub or a switch.

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    • #3878609

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      by tmaclennan ·

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      Check the answers to the same debate posted here:
      http://www.techrepublic.com/forumqa/thread_detail.jhtml?src=search&thread_id=22018

      (Make sure to remove any spaces when you cut and paste this URL)

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        by jamiem ·

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    • #3878510

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      by j.black ·

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      A hub is the least exspense in most cases followed by unmanaged switches and then managed switches. If you network has 1-2 servers and 25 or less workstations, then an unmanaged switch(s) would work just fine. If you are simply converting a peer-peer net from coax to ethernet and you dont have a dedicated server or aren’t using one, then you can get by with hubs.

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        by jamiem ·

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    • #3879420

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      by tomsal ·

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      It’s hard for me to give a really informed reply without knowing the size of the network and your available budget (as well as willingness to upgrade). I pose two scenarios. (1) If you are a “mom and pop” operation and very small (less than 25 computers), why waste the cash on a switch at all? Go with active hubs – I reccommend 3Com, they are quality hubs and hey they even stack nice and look stylish. The point is they are reliable. One tip: As much as you can, get a favorite brand of hub and stick with it – trust me, some trouble will arise in the long run if you have fifteen different brands of hubs. (2) The money no object/larger than 25 computer stance: Hands down, CAT-5 STP and Managed Switches…you’ll get great efficiency out of this configuration. Of course if you really want to not worry about attenuation/crosstalk, etc. then you’d go with fiber. But that’s another issue altogether.

      Hope it helps.

      -Tom

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        by jamiem ·

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    • #3882250

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      by alza3eem ·

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      you have to think about cost vs scalability, depends on your network size and how large it can grow, 10/100 hubs are cheaper to purchase, they can do a great job in small network, as the network grows then there is a need for more bandwidth, hubs are not a solution anymore, you then need a switch.

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        by jamiem ·

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    • #3868206

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      by scott.l.miller ·

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      And if it wasn’t obvious from the other posts, you really don’t have a choice but to ditch the COAX and rewire with Cat-5 or better cabling.

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        by jamiem ·

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    • #3866476

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      by its a secret ·

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      Cat 6 is the lowest standard I would consider today. Compare a piece of cat 5 and cat 6, you will see the plastic divider that splits the 4 pairs. Use the old coax to pull the new cable through the walls. Be sure in the ceilings to either pipe it orsupport it away from florescent light fixtures etc. Here is a basic answer a 10 port 100mbs hub is like running 10 pc’s at 10mbs(100mbs/10ports=10mbs). A 10 port 100mbs switch is running 10 pc’s dedicated at 100 mbs(10ports@100mbs=1000mbs). This is a very basic way of comparing the two.

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        by jamiem ·

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    • #3880751

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      by lynx ·

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      1. You can’t use coax cable with Fast Ethernet (FE). So you must use at least 5 CAT UTP cable. Topology of FE is star, i.e. central unit (hub or switch) join every node (PC, Server, printer) with own cable.
      2. Use a switch, because processing powerof modern PC demand dedicated 100 Mb connection. Formerly 20 and more PC can generate together 100 Mb traffic (and was possible using hub), recently even 1 modern PC can generate 100 Mb and more traffic (and hub not appropriate choice.

      WBR

      • #3671764

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        by jamiem ·

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    • #3672158

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      by cratem ·

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      A hub or switch is one question. The other is whether you need to replace your cabling. In your case recabling is more important. If I were you, I will change all my cabling to Cat5 or preferably Cat6 cabling. Next is the choice of hub and switch. Switch is state of art but a Hub will also do the job well for over 90% of needs. I think if you are using coax today, you going for a 100mhz hub would be more appropriate. This is a value proposition. Anthing lower or higher you wont get the bang foryour bug.

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        by jamiem ·

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