Is this what I need for use with my Airport Extreme

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  1. rocknblogger macrumors 68020

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    I get confused with all the switches and hubs hence this question.

    I have a number of devices that I need to hard wire but not enough ports on the Airport Extreme to cover all of them.

    I'm looking at this HUB. Is this what I need for my needs?
     
  2. Mattie Num Nums macrumors 68030

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    Get a switch.

    The link is a switch you should be fine.
     
  3. viggen61 macrumors 6502

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    I use two of these Linksys Gigabit Switches. Each is hooked into the AEBS, and several devices connected off of each.

    The one you selected should also work just fine.

    :apple::apple:
     
  4. Consultant macrumors G5

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    5 port gigabit switch are typically on sale for around $20.
     
  5. agentphish macrumors 65816

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    I own the switch you linked to. It works fine. I got mine for 25 after rebate from newegg.
     
  6. jackrv macrumors 6502

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    A hub is just an active repeater with multiple ports. All traffic gets sent over every port, causing ethernet collisions. (Aside from a few specific needs, such as packet monitoring, no one uses hubs anymore - and even some managed switches can do this)

    A switch keeps an internal ARP table of MAC Adresses to IP's (a very basic description), so each transmission only gets sent to 1 specific port (or an uplink port). No collisions, and each computer on the link gets the full 10/100/1000 speed assigned to it. Many switches aside from the cheaper unmanaged switches can have even more advanced features, such routing between subnets and VLANs, and redundant links (Spanning Tree).
     
  7. rocknblogger thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thank you for the explanation.
     

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