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I have one computer and a cable modem upstairs and one computer downstairs. Bearing in mind that usually one of the computers will be switched off, I don't want to network the two computers. I would like both computers to be connected to the cable modem though. So do I plug the two computers and cable modem into a router, switch, hub or any of the above?
09-06-03, 05:09 PM
I'd recomend a good cable/router. I got DSL and went thru the same thing. I tried to just link 'em all thru software, but it was a bloody nightmare!
A $30 4-port/DSL speedstream router fixed all that ailed me. I hooked it up, and it just all worked. I thought it was a bloody miracle! :lol:
I'd HIGHLY suggest getting yourself a router. I don't know enough to recomend one to you, but I believe they're the way to go. :)
09-06-03, 05:13 PM
Any of the above. A hub and a switch will be equivalent performance if you have only one computer connected to the modem at any time.
- A hub will broadcast all network traffic to all devices that are connected.
- A switch will direct each item of network traffic to only the device it's intended for. A switch is useful for example if you two local computers transferring files and a third computer loading a web page from a cable modem; the file transfer traffic won't interfere with the web page load time.
- A router adds a firewall to the switch, as well as more complex functions like DHCP serving. A router will add a firewall between your computer and cable modem; this is usually desireable because with most cable companies you and your neighbors are effectively all on the same LAN!
If you have one computer downstairs, it may be useful to get a wireless router and a wireless card, so you don't have to run CAT5 cable a long distance. Routers are relatively inexpensive, these days, and like DW says, aren't very hard to configure.
Thanks for the info, I've been looking around at whats available and am thinking of going for a Netgear RP614 Router. I thought about going for a wireless router, but as the computers are in different rooms / floors, I'm not sure how good a signal I will get.
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