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Router or Switch?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2005 9:15 am
by La Chavvy
Hello,

I am thinking of getting a new Router / Switch cause the one I got just now doesnt update its firmware without crashing.

Now I am not sure whether to get a Router or a Switch, cause I am gonna have 3 computers linked in P2P format. I know that Switch does it via MAC address and Router by IP. So which is more ideal?

Thanks :D

PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2005 9:19 am
by I Got Germs
Easy...........Get 3 seperate broadband lines into your house :wink:

PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2005 9:20 am
by La Chavvy
I Got Germs wrote:Easy...........Get 3 seperate broadband lines into your house :wink:


Not very the most cost effective strategie!

PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2005 9:34 am
by WaitNBleeD
Whats the advantages of using a router instead of a bog standard usb cable modem these days ??

I hear people banging on about them all the time but I don't really know what the fuss is all about and whether it's worth investing in one :? .

PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2005 9:39 am
by La Chavvy
I dont get what the advantages of a Router are.

All I know is that a Switch sends data according to the MAC address and does not send all the data to all the computers linked to the network, which saves time and is more efficent.

PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2005 10:56 am
by kuma
a switch just links 2 or more pcs together
a router is a switch that can access the net via a modem

you can use a switch but will have to plug the modem into 1 pc. That pc will have to be on every time someone wants to access the net, with a router you dont any pc can access the net anytime wheather the other pcs are on or not.
Also the advantage of a router is that most have a hardware firewall.

PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2005 1:00 pm
by G.O.A.T
kuma wrote:a switch just links 2 or more pcs together
a router is a switch that can access the net via a modem

you can use a switch but will have to plug the modem into 1 pc. That pc will have to be on every time someone wants to access the net, with a router you dont any pc can access the net anytime wheather the other pcs are on or not.
Also the advantage of a router is that most have a hardware firewall.


What that man said

PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2005 7:27 pm
by La Chavvy
Ah, Kuma Nice one :D

Thanks mate!

I've currently got a router so I'll be getting a new NETGEAR Router, thanks for the help folks!

PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2005 8:51 pm
by Ace of Spades
NetGear a good choice man.