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Colin Turner



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2004 11:17 pm    Post subject: Networking Solutions Reply with quote

Will a D-Link DES 1008D 8 port 10/100 switch Hub be OK for networking the various computers together when running all the software or would it be over the top if a D-Link Gigabit Switch Hub 10/100/1000 was used?
What is generally used for networking the computers? Mr. Green
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Frank Bond



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2004 12:00 am    Post subject: Hub Reply with quote

Colin,

That should work fine but could be a little bit of an over kill. If the price is right go for it. A Gigabit Switch is a lot faster then you need.

I am using a LinkSys BEFSR81 8 port Cable/DSL router with no noticable lag time at all.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2004 4:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Colin,

I would always recommend a switch over a hub as they are much faster....

Look carefully at Gigabit switches and NICs if you can - they are getting very affordable these days - you might want to consider some of the NetGear products - I have one of their gigabit switches running a lan @ home coupled up with a netgear wireless router for web access connected to one of the PCs....nice and simple, and was cheap too!!!

Chris.
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ribel



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2004 6:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quick question - What is the difference between a switch and a hub. And what about routers?

Keep it simple, please Rolling Eyes

Sean
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A320



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2004 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ribel,

basically if you image a hub (not switch) as one piece of wire which the other computers are connect to. The data hits each others data on this one strip which limits speed etc. On a switch each time u send data between two computers (or more) the Switch will have a direct line between the computers by using Switches in the switch. This means the data doesnt or hardly hits data travelling the opposite way to and from other computers!
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2004 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah! So that explains the hold up's you sometimes get when accessing other PC's across a network?

Thanks, I've always wondered about that.

Sean
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