At the school where I work we have a LAN with 6 datapoints in the computer room. At the moment there is one PC or Mac connected to each datapoint. I would like to connect 7 machines, Macs or PCs, to these ports.
I have been told that I can buy a hub which would allow me to connect 2 PCs (or Macs) to one datapoint.
Is this true and, if so, where would I buy the hub and what is it called. I find hub details from the suppliers very hard to follow.
Assuming we're talking about a standard Ethernet LAN.
Hubs (or Switches - which are faster) are ten-a-penny. You can walk into any computer shop and tell them you want a standard Ethernet 4 port-hub - and it'll cost peanuts. (Get a 4 port then you've got two spare! - and I'm not sure if you can get 2-port ones - you may even have to get a 6 or 8 port one - no matter). Many do auto-sensing on cable wiring too - so that it doesn't matter whether you use straight or crosss-over cables.