Discussion in 'Networking & Security' started by Easy Rhino, Jan 23, 2008.
what exactly does a "switch" do?
ahhh k, so im guessing there is no real reason to have a switch for a home network?
If you have a home router it already has a built in switch. However, if you need more ports your better off buying another switch rather than a hub since they're roughly the same price.
excellent. it was like you read my mind!
If you have a switch you cannot snoop traffic that's passing through. With a hub you can. Hubs are therefore still attractive for logging and/or hacking and/or anti-hacking. Often a hub is put "upstream" so an administrator can have a look at whats going in-out of the WAN port or network bridge.
But a switch is a lot faster as it is full duplex.
You wont often get a hacker on your home wired network, unless your family hates you ...
Lol, I wish we had "home networked" computers as a child! Both of my brothers PC's would be useless!
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