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Re: [SLE] Question about 'net connection/sharing
  • From: James Knott <james.knott@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 01 Feb 2006 06:30:37 -0500
  • Message-id: <43E09BDD.4010903@xxxxxxxxxx>
suse_gasjr4wd@xxxxxxx wrote:
> On 1/31/06 11:20 PM, "JB" <yonaton@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>
>> Hi gang,
>>
>> My girlfriend recently got satellite internet. Her daughter of course needs
>> to use it also (as will I soon).
>> I thought a router would be the thing to use for all 3 of us to hook into to
>> use the 'net, but a friend here said a hub/switch will be just fine.
>> Which is better? Which would allow all 3 of us to be 'online' at the same
>> time the best (meaning, which/what would try to even out the bandwidth we use
>> if all 3 of us were online at one time?)? Is the switch good enough? It seems
>> to be working well enough for the two of them as it is, but I'm just curious
>> if there's something that might be any better.
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> JB
>
> There is a big difference in a hub, a router, and a switch.
>
> A hub shares the bandwidth with each computer connected. (the more computers
> connected, the slower each is.)
>
> A switch gives each computer the full 100Bt connection speed. (or what ever
> your network is.)
>
> A router* does just what the name implies.
>
> *Some routers have a 5 or 8 switch built in...
>
>
> What you want is a switch. They are very, very cheap nowadays.
> (think "down the road"...get a gigabit switch)
> $20 such as:
> http://www.compusa.com/products/product_info.asp?product_code=313920&pfp=cat
> 3

A "router" is necessary, if he only gets on IP address from the ISP.\

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