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To Hub Or To Switch ??
Im looking to know which of the following devices people would recommend?
I have in mind a 12 port cisco switch or a 12 port 3com switch
now im not sure I quite need the capability a switch provides and think maybe a hub instead would be adequate.
The network consists of 6 computers and a laptop, all doing file transfer, databases, jpg loading, e-mailing, etc...
there is one server on the network and an ADSL connection to the internet.
my question, for the above, would you get a 100Mbit hub or a 100Mbit switch?
and if you choose the switch, why would you choose it instead of a hub (apart from the obvious)?
I have a hub... cheapest
I have a 7 port dlink switch and does the job for me with a setup almost like yours, you might want to take a look, its a dlink 707.
The frontend and configuration for everything is great, it was well worth the money and has a lifetime guarentee.
No i do not work for them, hehe, just happy with the product and thought i'd pass it along
Without a second thought I'd go with a switch. The switch will be faster than the hub because there will be fewer (as in almost none) collisions. Instead of broadcasting the data being sent, the switch "knows" which port the request came from and only sends it down that port.
Oversimplified explination, but that's the gist of it.
Here is my setup. An osx box, a winxp xp box, a freebsd box, a linux box and an xbox sharing my adsl line with internal and external services running on both the mac and the linux box.
Wow, I never typed the word "box" so many times in 1 sentance, anyway they are all behind my dlink switch/router and everything works fine.
if you doing transfers, you want a switch. 2 computers, a hub is fine, but once you get more, it will just die. We were ghosting computers at work, when we put a 3ed and 4th computer on the hub, the transfer times trippled, with a switch they stayed the same.
I think you reversed switch with hub in that last sentence david
Yes, switches are much faster.
nope, I ment what I said, heh
I think you misread. I said the transfer TIMES trippled with the hub, and with the switch, all speeds stayed the same as it was when I had only 2 computers on a hub
LOL, my bad. I must have read it as transfer "speeds" tripled, not "times". Sorry about that
HUB = More collisions, data being sent down all ports.
Switch = Intelligent. Less collisions.
heh, I figured that. Also dont forget only switches can do full duplex, sorry hubs
Here's a one of two
REALLY BAD animations.
This is the one with a hub.
Switch and some hubs. But you can see the general idea.