this is probably a noob question but whats the diff between a hub and router.will one work better than the other.I,am running my two computers on a hub right now but i also have a router laying around,I was going to use my second computer as a game server,so what would it be better on the hub or the router..?
To connect computers within the same network you use a hub or a switch, of which the switch is faster. This is due to the fact that the switch directs data packets to the appropriatte mac address unlike a hub which broadcasts all data to the network. A hub also lacks a processor to transfer data more intelligently or a cache memory which helps to aviod collisions.
A router on the other hand switches data between two network subnets.. in other two words to different networks. For example a router is used on my network to switch incoming data from the internet on the subnet 255.0.0.0 to my internal subnet of 255.255.255.0. Routers can also adapt a protocol of data transmission to suit different networks.
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What you need is to take some basic networking courses. Because if you are going to get in all that home networking stuff, then it would be benificial and a great learning experiance.
I myself was clueless about networking before my Networking courses. After taking Cisco 1 and 2, 3 and 4 a couple of years ago. I have retained enough knowledge to make any small network work. Just don't ask me to configure a cisco router before letting me reveiw a little bit first.
well i know my modem connects to this hub with the ethernet cable then from there two of them cables goes to each computer ,the hub is a netgear model EN 104tp.The other device i have laying around is a Linksys wireless-B Broadband router model number BEFW11S4, it does say router on the box,so thats why i ask the question about the hub and router and which one is better for me.ummm i dont use the linksys "router" because the installation cd rom is scratched so i cant install the program it comes with on my computer,maybe someone out there can help with that to like burn me a copy of the cd rom that comes with the linksys..? so i can use it ...anyway thanx for the replies.
if you just want to use one computer as a game server, you don't need a router. The hub provides necessary connectivity.
In case you want to play around with the router anyway, all Linksys routers have IP address of 192.168.1.1 and password should be "admin". I suggest downloading or using your manual though
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