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Topic # 127292 5-Aug-2013 16:16
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I have the above router supplied by telecom. It is excellent and far better than my previous one.

I prefer to use LAN/ethernet connection for devices that are used to stream Netflix and on-line video (WDTV, Laptops etc).

The Technicolor only comes with 4 LAN ports.

How do I extend these with a switch/hub?

Do you just plug the switch/hub in via a LAN cable into one of the LAN ports on the router?

Does anyone have a recommendation for a suitbale switch/hub product that would be compatible? I would like to add another 4 LAN ports.

PS: what is the difference between a switch and hub?

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Master Geek
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  Reply # 872189 5-Aug-2013 17:22
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As far as I know:

A hub will broadcast information to all your devices (not computers we have more than just computers now) , it doesnt know where each computer is and frankly doesn't care (with alot of machines will cause data clashes and cause network issues)

A Switch will manage the data flow and it knows where each device is and only send the data to those machines, less data clashes,and a quicker network. 

Really depends what you wanna do, I'd get a switch cause I'm fussy, but budget and network size comes into it as well - Thats as far as I know, I could be wrong.

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  Reply # 872199 5-Aug-2013 17:25
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HI.

Any switch will be compatible:


Any of those will be compatible, better to buy gigabite one. If you will install NAS in your network in future, it will provide high speed. 

http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=SWHDLK1005&name=D-LINK-1005D-5P-101001000-SWITCH-DGS-1005D
http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=SWHAS1081&name=Asus-GX-D1081-8-Port-Gigabit-Power-Saving-Switch-1
http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=SWHAS1161&name=Asus-FX-D1161-16-x-10100Mbps-RJ-45-ports-Unmanaged


Aslo basically: Hub is a old fashioned switch :).




Sorry about my English guys :>

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  Reply # 872215 5-Aug-2013 18:11
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Lazarui is correct in regards to the difference between a hub and switch. You'd be hard pressed to find a hub these days.
Plug in any switch, and you'll be away.




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  Reply # 872303 5-Aug-2013 19:44
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Lazarui: As far as I know:
A hub will broadcast information to all your devices (not computers we have more than just computers now) , it doesnt know where each computer is and frankly doesn't care (with alot of machines will cause data clashes and cause network issues)

A Switch will manage the data flow and it knows where each device is and only send the data to those machines, less data clashes,and a quicker network. 


To be a tad more specific:


Hub:
every data frame gets sent to every other port

Switch:
The frame's source MAC address and port is added to the MAC address table, if it isn't already there
A data frame with an unknown destination MAC gets sent to every other port. 
A data frame with a known destination MAC address gets sent to the appropriate port


Switches come into the category of "managed" or "un-managed". Un-managed switches are functionally equivalent to a hub from a user perspective, they just do the job more efficiently. Managed, or "websmart" (this simply means managed but not as many bells and whistles. And generally simpler for a layperson to set up) allow you to set various configuration options for your switch. These include:

-Restrict the ethernet speeds available on a given port. So if you had some old cabling that was only CAT3, you could set the speed to 10BaseT to ensure a more reliable link. Or keep Cat5 links (that are pre-CAT5e) down to 100Mbit, if you have a gigabit switch (Gigabit generally works over CAT5, but not all the time)
-Restrict the bitrate allowed on each port. So if you had a greedy flatmate or teenager, you could restrict their speed to preserve your bandwidth and/or data allowance
-Prioritize certain types of data, or certain ports
-Divide your network up into VLANS (virtual LANS)
-Various other features, depending on model

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