Network Hub / Switch

  Winston Churchill 11:12 08 Feb 2003
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I have a three computer network and on computer on it has a onboard network card and a pci network card, all of the network runs at 100mbs. What is the difference between a hub and a switch? Would I need one to add a forth computer?

Thanks

  recap 11:30 08 Feb 2003

click here and you should get the information you need to decide what you require.

  PSF 11:38 08 Feb 2003

The basic difference between a hub and switch is the way it allows communications to pass through it.

With a hub when one pc want to talk to another the information is sent to all the pc's on the network, this clogs up the network and so can slow it down.

With a switch the pc's talk directly to each other one to one, and therefore the network will not slow down as communications are directed to exactly where they are needed.

There is not much difference between the price and so it is best to go for a switch.

I only have two pc's networked together via a router/switch, I think you will need a hub/switch to network 4 together.

  Winston Churchill 12:21 08 Feb 2003

Thanks you two, ill look at that page.

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