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

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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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Switching to tabs to the right or left of the current tab in Notepad++

How can I switch to the document to the left or right of the current document in Notepad++? For example, if I have documents A, B, and C open, and I'm currently editing B, I would like a shortcut to ...
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Mac-like alt-tab replacement for Windows 7?

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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Looking for a fiber optic “switch” or “router” for home use

The gist of my question: What is a "fiber optic" switch called? I.E. a layer 2 ethernet switch that uses fiber TX and RX connections and sends layer 2 network traffic between the fiber strands ...
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Copying and pasting the path within Finder

I've recently moved to the Mac from Windows as my primary machine. One feature I'm really missing is the ability to quickly navigate between folders. I used to do this under Windows by copying the ...
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Difference between Ethernet splitter and switch

I have one Ethernet port that is wired directly to the router on another level. However, I want to run a desktop and a server both off this one Ethernet port. Can anyone tell me the difference ...
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Does All LAN Traffic Travel Through A Router

I have a very simple question: if I have a router (DHCP enabled - leasing IP addresses between 192.168.0.2 and 192.168.0.254) with a switch plugged in, and I plug two computers into the switch, will ...
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What differences are there between “home” switches and “professional” switches?

Our radio station uses a PtP wireless system to stream our radio and TV signals from our studio up a hill to our transmitter. We have been having problems with warbly sound and drop outs that come ...
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Will multiple switches slow transfer speed

I want to create link between a data server (It's more like NAS) and around 300 computers. Data transferred per day is around 2GB/computer and speed really matters. If I use a single switch it would ...
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Is chaining two switches different than connecting both switches directly to the router?

I am setting up the network for our small companies new office - I have about 20 computers upstairs and 20 down. There is a switch on each floor, the router is downstairs, and a cat5e cable running ...
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Multiple switches - how does it work?

I was reading about networking hardware some time ago and came across an explanation on how network switches work - basically, it said that a switch keeps an internal database of what MAC address is ...
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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 ...
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Will using a 10/100 router stunt gigabit switch speeds for an internal network?

I have a 10/100 Verizon router. 3 computers are connected to this via Ethernet. I'd like to put a gigabit switch between the computers and router to enable gigabit speeds on the intranet. If the ...
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Which is faster? A 10/100 switch or wireless-n?

If I have a wireless n router with only a 10/100 LAN ports. Where does the bottleneck occur? At the transfer speed of wireless n or the 10/100 transfer speeds?
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Gateway / Switch hybrid

Next week I'm getting a new internet connection installed. It comes with 5 static IP addresses by default. Now, I would like to use some of these IPs on my systems. However, I have more than 5 ...
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Programmable USB Switch? [closed]

Is anyone aware of a USB Switch that is programmable or controlled via the PC? I am writing a test application that requires the device (a mobile phone) to be plugged in via USB to a PC for ...
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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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Things to consider going from Windows to Linux [closed]

Going to Linux from Windows have advantages and disadvantages. Also there are things that we can do in Windows that are so difficult on Linux and vice-versa. Which things I have to consider when ...
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Can I connect a PC to a PoE switch?

I have a switch with Power over Ethernet capabilities. Is it allowed to connect a PC to a PoE switch?
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Making switching between Mac and PC each day easier

As I've started to use different operating systems at home and at work, I've found a few things that help. App Launching (Quicksilver and Launchy) Not having to mouse through folders or menus ...
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Migrating Silver-Surfers with minimal computer skills from Windows to Mac

Note: Please understand that with this question I am in no way suggesting that older generations are in anyway less handy with a computer! I support my parents Windows XP PC. It's a few years old now ...
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Two Devices, Same Subnet, No Communication

This is a stripped down version of my home network, and my problem is I can not get 192.168.20.100 to communicate with 192.168.20.4. The workstation pings both routers and the server fine, and ...
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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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How can I improve my home network?

I have a home network with the following setup: I know, I know. It's a pile of steaming crap. I'm a beginner! So I plead ignorant. I stepped onto irc.freenode.org/##networking and asked for ...
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What happens if an unmanaged ethernet switch is looped (connected to itself)?

I don't know much at all about networking, and I when I tried to find an answer to this online I found someone who posted a one sentence answer saying "It would cause lots of broadcasts and ...
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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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What's the quickest distro to get up and running with? [closed]

For my work laptop, I think I'm going to make the switch to linux from Windows XP. There are a couple of things I need: Good multi-monitor support. I'm constantly changing setups (ie laptop ...
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Open Google Chrome in Incognito Mode?

Is there any way (perhaps some target switch?) to place a Google Chrome shortcut in my quick launch tray and have it open in incognito mode?
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Why doesn't it matter which ports I use on a switch?

The electrical engineer in me says "use any port" it doesn't matter. Gut instinct wants me to put the router's cable right in the middle. Ultimately, the router went to Port 1 at one end of the switch ...
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Know of a keyboard switch (like KVM) that works with the Apple Slim Aluminum Keyboard? [closed]

I just found out that my IOGEAR KVM switch (GCS22U) doesn't work with my Apple slim aluminum keyboard. This is really frustrating because I now have a KVM that works with Ubuntu and Snow Leopard, ...
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Does IPV6 matter when choosing a new switch for home network?

Looking to upgrade my Fast Ethernet home network switch to a Gigabit Ethernet switch. Figured I should make sure that the new device supports IPV6, but in looking at the specs of a few switches, I ...
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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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Best way to network computers next to each other

I've got 2 computers in my home office, and they are both connected to the wireless router sitting in the living room. Problem is I often need to copy files back and forth between them, or VNC from ...
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Do I need to bother about correctly uninstalling Mac software?

I'm a recent switcher from Windows. Uninstalling programs correctly is a big deal on that platform because of the crap that gets left everywhere if you don't. On the Mac I've noticed the majority of ...
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using more than one PC with one screen

I have 2 computers that I want to use at the same time with my screen, doing some research I found that the best solution is to use the KVM switch. But my screen hp w2207h actually have standar VGA ...
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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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Should I wire directly to the basement for ethernet, or have a switch connected to another switch?

I have a project where I'm wiring my home for ethernet. I have four bedrooms upstairs, all of which are getting two ethernet connections each, and then a few rooms downstairs as well. I was thinking ...
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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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chrome's command line switch for opening tab in background

Is there a command line switch for chrome, that would open given url in a new background tab (just like you right click on link and click 'open in new tab')?
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WLAN/LAN Profil Tool (with IP-Address configuration)

Anyone know a good free tool for Vista/Windows 7 to manage WLAN/LAN-Profiles with the possibility to change the IP settings in each profile.
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Cisco Router/Switch with MacBook Pro OSX Lion

What I have: MacBook Pro with OSX Lion Very old Cisco Router and Switch Two Crossover Cables (1 Cisco Console to Serial and 1 Cisco Console to Cisco Console) One Serial to USB Cable I am very new ...
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What is the difference between Layer 2 and Layer 3 broadcasts?

As written in the title my first question is, what's the difference between Layer 2 and Layer 3 broadcasts? If a host sends a layer 2 broadcast, the switch sends it to all of his ports, but not to ...
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How do I use a Mac as switch (or bridge two interfaces)

I need to put a wired device (Blue-ray player), on my home wireless network's subnet, via the mac's wifi connection, as there is no wired connections upstairs. To be more clear, what I'd like is: ...
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Connect three computers (including one laptop) to one monitor

I have the following hardware: 2 Desktop PCs, running Windows XP and Ubuntu Macbook Pro a LCD monitor, a wired keyboard, and a wired mouse Currently, I'm using an oldish IOGear KVM switch to ...
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XP keyboard and language switching

my problem is a simple one but clearly the solution is not as I've spent the last two hours searching to find a solution. My wife has a French computer with Windows XP in French... Therefore the ...
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Microsoft mouse like windows switcher (or anything usable)

I tried "Switcher" and the new switcher by NTSoft... but none of them are for my taste. I want to have a switcher like what you get with an Intellimouse by Microsoft. You know, press the button and ...
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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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Throughput from devices on gigabit switch to gigabit router

I think this is a pretty simple question, but I wanted to either validate my thinking, or for someone to tell me I'm wrong. My router at home has 4 gigabit ports. So, obviously, each (supported) ...
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Can you mix gigabit and 10/100 ethernet on the same network?

I have an Apple Airport Extreme Gigabit router and some new machines I need to put on my network (PS3, Mrs' laptop etc.) but the router has only got four ports so I was thinking of getting a simple, ...
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Not sure how to find my switch?

newbie question, I'm afraid: I got a second hand (or maybe more) Cisco WS-C2948G switch off eBay for use at home, but the thing came with no documentation and no software. I'm not a sysadmin, and I ...