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switch vs hub

By pchlp ·
I have cable internet access with one IP address.I want to have one PC for the kids to use and one for my office. Both are in the home.
I was going to use a hub or a switch. Which one is going to be better to use?
I do not use the internet during the day as I am working.
Thanks in advance

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by Alpha-Male In reply to switch vs hub

This is really an "it depends" sort of situation. In the past, a lot of people chose hubs because of the cost saving over the more complicated switch. Now that switches have become much more reasonable in price, there are few reasons to choose a hubinstead. The switch is more efficient and will do a better job of managing your bandwidth. It will also be and advantage if you hook slower devices (10base-T for example) as it can partition them to not slow the faster devices. Depending on what youbuy, a switch can have powerful management features and near-router capabilities...though simple switches will of course not do all that.

For a home network like you mentioned, I'd go with a switch. I'm not saying a hub has no use any more (they're nice when it comes to packet sniffing and you don't want to have to port-mirror the switch, for example)...but for most people in most situations, the switch is a more powerful and useful device.

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by Alpha-Male In reply to switch vs hub

Regarding references to a router (which I initially disregarded since you asked about switch vs hub and figured you had the internet sharing aspect already covered) there are some nice router switch combos out there that are not very expensive (though obviously more than a hub or a switch alone). I have used the Linksys router/switch and was very impressed with its ease of setup and functionality. You do not need a router to share the internet connection, but it is a good way to to it. The associated NAT translation will offer a bit of protection for your internal LAN as well...so that's a bonus.

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by brian In reply to switch vs hub

It doesn't matter in this case with only 2 computers if you are set on hub or switch.

A hub will send any incoming signal to all ports.

A switch will remember the mac of each machine and only sends the signal to the propper port. This reduces traffic and brodcast storms on a busy network, but if you are only using one computer on the internet at a time - It doesn't benefit you to upgrade to a switch.

If you get a router you can use both computers on the internet at the same time.
Inexpensive routers can be found in the $50-$75 range. You can spend a little more for extra features.

I picked one up on sale at an Office supply chain store for $39($59 and got another $20 back in a rebate).
Configuration is nil. I was running 2 machines on my Comcast cable connection within 10 minutes of opening the box.

I would just get a router and be done with it.

Otherwise I would go with the cheapest option.

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by brian In reply to switch vs hub

ICS is a hassly. It requires a second nic and then you have to configure the Proxy server as well as the client machine.Using a proxy requires special configuration in many cases to make internet enabled programs function. It also requires the server to be running in order for the client to use the internet. This is a fun task to learn basic networking but it is a lot harder than using a router. If you were the only user this may be ok but especially with multiple users you will find it to be a hassle.

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by Bughunter In reply to switch vs hub

I think that the router is the way to go. I have three PCs setup in my home and I use an SMC 4 port router with a firewall and printer server built in. Everyone can access the internet independantly and they can all use the same printer. The router uses NAT so the internet only sees the router and not my machines at home, this helps keep hackers out of your network. Add a good virus checker on each machine and you should have a reasonably secure system.

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by santoshjdevadiga In reply to switch vs hub

since u have only 2 pcs go for a hub.ofcourse this will also carry the advantage of being cheap no need of router or so.Now to access net via 1 ip
u can use internet connection sharing available with win98 and above or download proxy software from net and use in .connect one pc on net with the given ip and connect the pc to the hub.on the same pc u install one of the above mentioned softwares and find it working fine.
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