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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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by tmaclennan In reply to Switch or Hub

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

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by jamiem In reply to Switch or Hub

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by j.black In reply to Switch or Hub

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 TomSal In reply to Switch or Hub

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 alza3eem In reply to Switch or Hub

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 scott.l.miller In reply to Switch or Hub

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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