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Re: [SLE] Question about 'net connection/sharing
  • From: JB <yonaton@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 1 Feb 2006 00:38:01 -0600
  • Message-id: <200602010038.01332.yonaton@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Tuesday 31 January 2006 23:14, 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)
> $20 such as:
> http://www.compusa.com/products/product_info.asp?product_code=313920&pfp=ca
>t 3
>
> Now, after all that's said, I don't think you will notice any speed
> difference in just sharing the satellite connection with not going gigabit.
> ;)
> The speed can't be THAT fast... It just makes more sense ($) to get a
> gigabit if you are going to buy something.

Perfect! I IM'd her to check what it was I got and it's a switch. So looks
like we'll be okay.
Thanks for the input! It really made my year!

Take care and be healthy,

JB

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