Router/Hub/Switch question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by network23, Oct 23, 2007.

  1. network23 macrumors 6502


    Dec 18, 2002
    I have an Actiontec DSL modem with built-in router. The modem has four 10/100 Base-T ethernet ports.

    Seeing as the modem router is not a switch, is there any value in using more than one of the modem's ethernet ports? Right now, I have one ethernet cable running from my modem to a 5-port gigabit switch. Three computers and my network storage drive are then connected to the switch.

    Is this the best way? Any suggestions? Thanks!
  2. silbeej macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2007
    a router is a switch, but with brains. A switch is simply connecting a bunch of cables to each other. A router will know which cable to send data to based on where it was sent from. A router is like a mail processing center, which knows where each piece is to go, where a switch is like dumping all the mail in one big bin.

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