What would you guys do without me and my on-going problems?
Anyway, I have:
1) Comcast Business Class with an SMC Networks
modem - 4 LAN ports (only using 1 port now)
2) D-Link DGL-4100 4-Port GamerLounge Broadband Gigabit Gaming Router
Problem: I am out of ports on my 4-port router and need a "few" more. Question: Should I put my printer, a 3rd computer, my AV surveillance, etc. through another router (since I have the available port (3 more LAN ports available) or should I add a hub to my existing Gamer Lounge D-Link router?
(not interested in wireless)
I have a Netgear hub but it is older than most of the members of this forum, so I don't wish to use it.
Why am I even asking this question? Well, I already had the most highly recommended modem for Comcast internet. Even one of the "knowledgeable" Comcast tech reps recommended it for Business Class as well. Problem is it would not work when I upgraded from Peon Class to Business Class, so I had to lease a proprietary modem from Comcast.
That makes me somewhat concerned as to how to add ports without screwing up my Comcast SMC Networks
Additional, and unsolicited, information: Those of you who actually believe we have "Broadband" in the U.S. are sadly mistaken. Internet in the U.S. is almost as slow as the U.S. Mail. And, No, Comcast is not
a monopoly. It's just the only ISP available.
Edit: It appears that I'm still living in the past - ah, like about 15 years ago. What I believe should be the choice would be switch vs router
Switches work the same way as hubs, but they can identify the intended destination of the information that they receive, so they send that information to only the computers that are supposed to receive it. Switches can send and receive information at the same time, so they can send information faster than hubs can.