Community Newsletter: Q&A forum: 8/27/05 Routers, switches, and hubs, oh my!

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) August 24, 2005 12:03 PM PDT

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8/27/05 Routers, switches, and hubs, oh my!

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 8/24/05 12:03 PM

Members, thank you for your participation in this week's topic. And a huge thank you goes out to those who took the time out to write out some really extensive explanation for Andrew on routers, switches, and hubs !

While many advice from our members do somewhat overlap, please don't undermine another person's explanation because they are all great, so I encourage you to read through them all. As always, if you have more questions to ask about the topic or have any additional advice to offer, please by all means participate and add to this week's thread.

Take care and thanks again everyone!

-Lee Koo
CNET Community


Question:

I'm trying to connect three PCs in my home in order to share
my DSL Internet access. In my research, I keep reading about
routers, switches, and hubs. I can't make heads or tails out
of it. What's the difference? Do I need all of them? Don't
some of them have firewalls built in, or do I need one for
each computer? The machines are running Windows XP. Thanks.

Submitted by: Andrew C. of Lawrence, Kansas

(Winning answers and other submitted answers found below)

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