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    Default hub or switch

    probably a stupid question but could someone tell me the difference between a hub and a switch, i am currently using a hub on my broadband and plan to go gigabit, however i cant seem to find a gigabit hub, just switches. all answers are appreciated and if i dont ask i dont learn.

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    You want a switch over a hub. A switch acts as a traffic control. It knows which machine on the network is asking for the data being transmitted. A hub simply broadcasts the data over the entire network so the machine needing can pick it up. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out which will be more productive and more secure.
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    ok, so heres the scenario, ive got gigabit adaptor on my asus board, however the wife and kids computers have standard if you will 10/100, so am i going to gain the speed that i lost even when there online by going gigabit via a switch. note all four computers are at 100 now, that all the hub will allow.

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    Most switches (and network adapters for that matter) automatically make adjustments to get the fastest speed possible. If you have all machines armed with gigabit network adapters and the switch supports this feature too, your internal network should work at these speeds (as long as the network itself is capab;e of moving data that fast). You speeds to the Internet would still be limited to your ISP.
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    thanks for the information, the manager of radio (rip off) shack couldnt even answer what you have.

    thanks again, ill let you know what happens.

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    Glad it helped you out, but remember that Radio Shack employees are commission driven sales people. Product knowledge isn't a requirement, only your ability to sell.
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    Hi hows darth.
    Still haven't got round to buying a router. it was dredful using that belkin switch through ICS. I'll never do that again. dynamic ip's always screwing my ip settings too many times to the day. Cable recently upgraded the bandwith without telling their customers, IE.. me. what a `cheek. but 1.5 is better that 1. Darth i was wanting your opinion on Linksys 802.11g 54mb cable broadband router with wired 4 port switch??
    then i can buy a 54g cardbus for my laptop. (Wireless SSID)
    (wish i had centrino for home unlike work laptop)
    What do you think?



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    I'm afraid I'll have to let someone else answer that one. I am a freak about security and don't use wireless computer communications, even at work. There are too many ways to bypass wireless security features currently in use so I just stay away.
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    If you want to have enough security on a wireless network to at least keep some of the lesser-skilled crackers and wardrivers, you'll want a wireless g router with mac filtering and WPA. Make sure the device has WPA, too. I recently got this, and it does come with WPA (and note the rebate; it's a great price) even though Newegg claims it doesn't. I don't know that the USB device works with WPA, though. I'm just using WEP myself, but I don't have a choice. For you, this package might be better. It definitely works with WPA, and it comes witha PCMCIA card for your laptop. Again, the rebate makes it great for the price.

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    It's a bit late, but here's some additional info on hubs vs switches that i just happen to write up earlier today for something else entirely:
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