A network switch or a hub is a computer networking device that connects network segments.

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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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How setup guest VM networking to OpenVPN adapters under Win10?

Currently my desktop is running Win7 Enterprise connected to a Domain over 3 separate OpenVPN connections (multiple AD sites) using the SecurePoint OpenVPN client. This runs fine and also runs fine on ...
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Connecting two subnets with router

I'm trying to share a couple printers on two subnets and I keep running into issues. I'm trying to figure out the best way to achieve this while maintaing a public and private subnet. Please refer to ...
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Difference in unmanaged switches

I needed to split incoming ethernet from a Verzion FiOS ONT by using an unmanaged switch. I had a Netgear GS605 on hand so I decided to use it. The port I plugged the cable in from the ONT didn't even ...
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connecting to internet via another PC

Not sure if this is the right place to ask this question Currently i have this set up PC 1 and PC 2 are connected by a switch on the same subnet which is connected to a router. I would like to ...
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How to disable Windows system sounds - permanently - but not application sound

I prefer the sound scheme of Windows 7 HP to be set to "No Sounds" ALL the time. The problem is, when I switch themes, the themes switch sound schemes also. I know I can go in and disable/change to "...
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Server is missing default gateway information?

I'm studying for my Network+ Exam. I'm going through some practice questions, and this one has uber-stomped me in the brain. I've been going through my textbook too, and can't find a concrete answer, ...
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How do I add more Ethernet ports to expand on those my router already has?

This may have been asked before, so apologies, but without knowledge of correct terminology I was unable to find a related question. The router provided by my ISP has four gigabit ethernet ports. ...
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Wrong entries in switch MAC database after network changes?

If I have a single network switch and move computer A from one switch port to another, I assume the switch is intelligent enough to erase all MAC database entries from the first port (since the link ...
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Can I create a list of devices connected to switch using PING or some PING freeware

I'm hoping there is a way to list all devices connected to our switch/LAN, including all devices on different subnets, using PING command prompt command or some sort of PING freeware. I connected our ...
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100Mbps and Gigabit switch on the same LAN

I have a simple 10/100 router at home. Suppose I connect a gigabit switch to one of its ports and several gigabit devices to the switch. Will the gigabit devices be able to communicate full speed? ...
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When the ADSL modem goes off, the network will become disabled

In my personal network, I have connected all of my machines and also my ADSL modem to a network switch. The problem is that the machines get their IP addresses from the modem, thus when the modem is ...
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Bandwidth of combined switch and router

I want to build a HTPC (Home Theater PC) connected to a NAS (Network Access Storage) server where all the media will be. My HTPC and NAS server will be connected to a Gigabit Ethernet switch, and ...
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Mac-like alt-tab replacement for Windows 7? [closed]

Is there an alt-tab replacement for Windows 7 that works in the same manner as command-tab and command-tick (tilde) on OS X? Requirements: 1. Completely keyboard-shortcut-based, no mouse action ...
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Can't ping PC to PC (connected via switch 3550)

I'm guessing this is something simple as I just started networking recently and today is my second day messing around with this switch and virtual machines. I'll include all the information I think ...
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Applications continue to use original audio device, even though I selected a different default audio device

Problem example: Default Audio Device is my Headset. ITunes playback through headset. I switch Default Audio Device to Monitor. ITunes continues playback through headset. This happens visa versa ...
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Computer won't connect to network with auto-negotiate enabled

we just replaced our Netgear switch due to failure. The original and replacement were the exact same model: GS752TXS-100NAS with 48 gigabit ports. However, after the replacement was installed, one ...
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Connecting a device with multiple Wi-Fi routers without losing packets

I would like to connect my device to multiple devices (in different rooms) which I can but when my device is connected to router-1 and when I move to another room it first disconnects with router-1 ...
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Cannot get my bootable media to boot on my laptop

My laptop: Acer Aspire Switch 10E My processor: Intel Atom Z3735F (64 bit processor) Came pre-installed with 32 bit windows 8.1 now upgraded to windows 10 I believe this laptop has a 32 bit UEFI ...
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Firefox: fast dictionary language switching

I have two language dictionaries installed on Firefox 3.6, and I would like to be able to switch really fast between them, using the keyboard. At the moment the only way I know I can switch is right ...
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Unreachable nodes in a mixed lan wlan network

I have a home Network starting with my Internet router which contains 300 MBit/s WLAN and a 4 port Gigabit Switch (FB7390). Attached to that Switch there is anoter 5 port Gigabit Switch. It was ...
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VLAN trouble - Nortel Baystack 5520

Hopefully someone can chime in, as it's one of the last pieces of the puzzle before I do the flip. I currently have 2 VLANs setup on my pfSense router & Netgear GS724v3 switch. All fine and dandy ...
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Networked device doesn't work with certain switches

I have a networked device (an old motion controller) that I have connected to my network via a switch. My PC is connected to the same switch. This configuration works as expected and I can ping and ...
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one lan port connecting to a switch, will the LAN cat type affect the speed?

I am fairly new to network setup. My topology is like this. WAN->Modem->Router->Hub-> 6 Wireless APs->Devices I have a fibre connection connected to a modem , then a modem connected to a router and ...
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Will a Modem -> Switch -> Access Point setup work?

So, I'm planning on chucking out my ISP's router because it's just plain not good enough. I'm planning on moving to a Modem -> Switch -> Access Point setup. I plan to have a DrayTek Vigor 130 ...
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Networking - New Apartment, Strange Cat5 Configuration

Every time I think I'm getting the hang of these darn computers, I realize that I know almost nothing whatsoever compared to what there is out there to know. Today, my quest for computer knowledge ...
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Guest Wi-Fi using the same Ethernet LAN as an IP video security camera network?

This hotel has a private network for all of its PCs, using the 172.20.7.0/25 subnet. A second, separate network for IP cameras uses the 192.168.1.0/24 subnet. All the cameras are connected using ...
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Convert a router to a switch?

I have a couple of modem/routers that came with ISP services that are no longer being used. At the moment I have the current ISP's router running the wireless network and a wired portion to a couple ...
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Can I connect a switch to a router?

Ok sorry if this is the most basic question in the world but for years I have needed more ethernet ports in my room and my whole house is wired with 1 ethernet port in each room, I also wanted to be ...
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Why should I VLAN a switch when I can just use a subnet mask?

Using subnet masks: IP 10.15.1.1 with mask 255.255.0.0 will not be able to see IP 10.17.1.1 with mask 255.255.0.0, correct? So why would I ever want to VLAN a switch unless if I needed to separate ...
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What do I need to set up a basic “prosumer” or low-end enterprise level network?

I've gone through too many consumer routers (most recently it seems that a capacitor failed on my Netgear WNDR3700) and a friend suggested I look into Ubiquiti. I'm currently in a three floor ...
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When connecting two switches, should I use normal switch ports or the SFP ports?

I have two 48 port gigabit Netgear switches with 2 SFP ports each (I also have two Mini-GBIC copper transceiver modules) Is it best to set the ports up by using the built in ports (i.e. plug port 1 ...
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Trying to achieve faster file transfer rates on my home network

I have tried to work through this problem on my own, but I have reached the point where I need your help, and/or encouragement. I have a small home network set up. The main components are 2 Macs ...
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Would a NAS and a PC have a gigabit connection if connected through a gigabit switch?

I have a gigabit enabled NAS and a non-gigabit router at the moment. If I connected both the PC and the NAS into the gigabit switch, then connected the switch into the router, would the PC and the NAS ...
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Why is a router needed?

I‘ve been trying to figure out why a router is needed. I know a router can be used for DHCP and some other things, but I’m just thinking of networking with static IPs. So the following: Is it ...
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Switch after Router seems to create own subnet

I have a Router (Easybox 802) connected to the Internet. It has sockets for LAN-cables and a wifi-antenna. One socket of the router is connected to a switch (netgear fs605 v2) in another level in the ...
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Can I connect a CM820 modem to a switch to get more ports?

I have an Arris Touchstone CM820 cable modem (DOCSIS), but it has only one RJ45 socket. Can I connect a switch to it (like TL-SF1005D for example) in order to have more internet ports?
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Sharing internet without wifi

How can I use the Internet on two computers when I only have one Ethernet cable connected to the switch in my hostels's server room which is further connected to central sever room which is further ...
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DNAT - cascaded switch

I am trying to allow a service through my firewall to BOX1 that cascades off my managed switch. NET<------ [Firewall WAN_Firewall LAN] ------> [Managed Switch]------> [Unmanaged Switch]--------> ...
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Resetting D-Link DGS-3324SR without console access?

I've gotten hold of a D-Link DGS-3324SR that's going to replace my old dumb switch at home. Problem is that the seller can't remember the passwords, and D-Link give me the backdoor account without ...
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Possible network loop with WiFi and Ethernet when docked

I have been seeing a weird problem that I can't reproduce on demand and have a suspicion on the root cause. The Issue: Intermittently the entire network goes down until I walk around and unplug ...
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USB switch for both data and power

I would like to make a switch for my USB cable. It's a microscope, so its data is important. Question is, in the "off" state, after disconnecting the two power cables, do I have to disconnect both D-...
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Does a true Star Topology exist?

In Mike Meyers A+ CompTIA book, he defines a star topology as a network where all units connect to some central wiring point - I image many units connected to a switch. He then goes on to say that a ...
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Is there a switch that will connect directly to my modem and allow my router to serve only as a WiFi connection?

Details Devices Internets -50Mbps Cable Internet Modem - Motorola Surfboard Extreme Router - Netgear WNDR3700v3 Switch - D-Link DGS-1008G Wired Ethernet Cable - Cat6_24Awg_ Device Configuration - ...
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Can running two cat 5e cables mprove speed between two routers?

I have a cable modem downstairs, with 120mbs connection. I have a router upstairs, about 100ft of cat5e cable away. The data rate there is about 50mbs. I added an ethernet switch about halfway, and it ...
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Is it better to have 2x 48 port switches or 4x 24 port switches in a network?

Short questions Is it better to run a large local network through either : A) run all cables back to 2x connected 48 port ethernet switches (with STP (required by Sonos)). or B) Run 4 x 24 port ...
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How are network switches configured remotely when they have no IP address?

A network admin can configure a network switch by connecting devices like a keyboard and a monitor to it directly using physical ports available on the switch. Like routers i think the option of ...
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Network setup issue

I have two internet connection - one broadband connection of 8 Mbps and a lease line of 4 Mbps and CISCO 24 port switch, new dlink 600L router. Currently both this sources are plugged in Sonic fire ...
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Connecting router as a switch [duplicate]

In a home LAN, I have connected one router A (which is also connected to the Internet) to router B but router B is supposed to work only as a switch (I am not using the WAN port in router B at all). ...
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What happens if a switch loses too many packets consistently?

I was just wondering what happens if a switch loses too many packets. The reason I am asking is because I have a switch that is constantly overloaded. This is caused by individuals downloading heavy ...