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Should I purchase a switch, a hub, or a router?

I have just installed a Motorola SURFboard SBG901 cable modem, and I can connect two computers I have to the Internet via Wifi. I'd like to distribute the Internet connection among some other machines ...
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3answers
862 views

Can modern switches act like hubs?

I've been trying to find a hub, specifically for the packet broadcast characteristic. I'm troubleshooting a NAS behind a NAT router and want to look at the traffic arriving on the wire and this seems ...
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Why do hubs and switches receive on pins 1 and 2 and transmit data through pins 3 and 6 of their cable?

Is there any reason they couldn't have been made to use the same pins as NICs and routers for transmitting and receiving? I had trouble finding any information about this through Google, so I hope you ...
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2answers
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Will connecting two hubs with two cables help for performance?

I have two 1 GBit hubs and I wondering if connecting them with two network cables help for network performance? Here is example: I have switch A and B. I have 4 computers, A1 and A2 which are ...
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1answer
105 views

How to extend the number of ports on a Switch?

Consider that I need to connect 15 computers on different collision domains. I understand that each port on a switch has a separate collision domain. So, all I need to do is to connect 15 computers to ...
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1answer
198 views

Why do I need a managed switch and which one should I buy?

I bought a 2nd router and I want both routers to have direct WAN access to the modem. One of the 2 routers directs VOIP traffic to a telephone line port. This VOIP service is provided by the cable ...
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3answers
538 views

Small home network cabling/routing/switching advice

Coming into my home, have a modem connected to an allegedly 20mb broadband connection. The modem has a single ethernet output. At present, I have it wired into a WRT54G 1.1 10/100 router with 4 ports ...
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What is a router? What is a switch? and What is a hub?

I always mess up with the basic concepts in networking. This are the very basic questions. What is a router, its functions and what is meant by routing? What is a switch, its functions? Many time I ...
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547 views

Connect PC and Printer to wireless network

I have a wireless router downstairs in my house, and a PC and printer upstairs. Unfortunately he PC (or printer) does not have wireless, only an Ethernet port. What would be the best product or ...
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1answer
84 views

Is there a driver for a hub?

Is there a driver for a hub/switch? So that I can control the flow of data from the other computer that currently uses bandwidth, so that I could get higher bandwidth.
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2answers
689 views

Why would a hub work when a switch doesn't?

We recently had a very strange problem. Two users share a 1gbps switch, and their network connection has been getting worse and worse (it does not disconnect, but has gotten REALLY slow, down to ...
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Should I use a network hub or network switch?

I want to put a networking device on an Ethernet connection between 2 digital devices. The communication will be 1-to-1; there will only be 2 devices connected through the networking device. And I ...