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Windows 7: Hub vs Switch vs Router/ 2 Switch Story

14 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
Hub vs Switch vs Router/ 2 Switch Story

I understand that a hub is more like a party line, where all devices hear and read data before sending it to next port, and a switch is advanced hub. But, what is a router. I know what a wireless router is, but they say a router is more advanced than a switch. Can you buy a non-wireless router?

Also, can you connect 2 switches together? So, Modem-----to Switch----to Switch----Computer

And both switches have other devices connected?


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14 Mar 2012   #2

win7 ultimate 32bit
 
 

you CAN buy a non-wireless router--but--the two I found on Amazon were only 10/100 (most modern systems use gigabit ethernet 10/100/1000) but wired are generally cheaper than a wireless router(the Cisco below is NOT cheap)--however--it's not necessary to use the wireless part of the wireless router as most have at least 4 ports (wired).

Yes you can connect switches together but they won't allow for multiple computers to connect to the Internet (at least not easily nor in a way that makes sense).

What devices are you trying to connect together?

wired routers:
Amazon.com: TRENDnet 4-Port Broadband Router TW100-S4W1CA (Black): Electronics

Amazon.com: Cisco-Linksys EtherFast Cable/DSL Router with 4-Port 10/100 Switch: Electronics
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15 Mar 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

A consumer router is a dhcp device that also includes a switch.
Our network at home consists of 2 routers and 4 switches to hook up 13 computers and Internet devices.
1 router is used only as a wireless access point to expand the wireless signal downstairs (modem and main router are upstairs).

It seems that most routers are now wireless and it is really simple to disable wireless if you don't plan on using it.

In your scenario, modem > switch > switch would only let one computer access the Internet without getting more IP addresses from your ISP.
you need a router between the modem and first switch for all machines to get Internet access.
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17 Mar 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zepher View Post
A consumer router is a dhcp device that also includes a switch.
Our network at home consists of 2 routers and 4 switches to hook up 13 computers and Internet devices.
1 router is used only as a wireless access point to expand the wireless signal downstairs (modem and main router are upstairs).

It seems that most routers are now wireless and it is really simple to disable wireless if you don't plan on using it.

In your scenario, modem > switch > switch would only let one computer access the Internet without getting more IP addresses from your ISP.
you need a router between the modem and first switch for all machines to get Internet access.
The modem is also a wireless router
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17 Mar 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

If the modem also has a built in router, then you can do as you outlined in your initial post:

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by letsdoamazing View Post
Also, can you connect 2 switches together? So, Modem-----to Switch----to Switch----Computer

And both switches have other devices connected?
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