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Re: [SLE] Question about 'net connection/sharing
  • From: James Knott <james.knott@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 01 Feb 2006 06:27:55 -0500
  • Message-id: <43E09B3B.3000201@xxxxxxxxxx>
JB 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.

In order to use a switch or hub, you'd need 3 IP addresses from the ISP.
If you get only one, you need a "router". Also, those routers provide
a firewall function that's essential, if any of the computers is running
Windows.


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