Hub vs. Switch vs. Router?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by jaw04005, Nov 15, 2004.

  1. jaw04005 macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    I have an Airport Extreme Base Station, and I need to add LAN ports so that I can network my old PC, my iMac FP, and my iMac DV together. Do I need a hub, router, or switch?
  2. stoid macrumors 601


    Feb 17, 2002
    So long, and thanks for all the fish!
    You should be able to use a hub, because the Airport Base Station is already a router. However, either a router or a switch would also work if you can get one cheaper than the hub.
  3. kgarner macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2004
    The AirPort Base Station should function as a router for you in this situation. I would just get a switch as they are a smarter version of a hub and generally less expensive than another router (which you don't need).
  4. Cuckoo macrumors 6502

    May 2, 2003
    The Netherlands - Utrecht

    Well, first of all, you don't need a router, you've already got that.

    So you either need a switch or a hub. In function they are the same, so you can't miss. A switch is faster than a hub (even a 100mbit switch is faster than a 100mbit hub).

    Hubs are a bit 'oldish' in technology, but there is no reason to reject them for that reason since they do everything they need to do.

    Although i wander if you can still find a hub, it's totally up to you.

    (performance difference is hard to say, but i'd expect it to be like 5-10%, but is very dependant on what kind of data you transfer and the number of simultanious active nodes)

    Hope that helps a bit.


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