Network Hub selection help needed

From: Russ Blakeman <>
Date: Sun Apr 21 05:03:56 2002

Yes it is since a hub will do 10/100, switch with full duplex can
effectively get the system to 20/200. I have 2 8 port Skylink 8 port
switches that cost me $40 each that are just so nice, even (or should I say
especially) during heavy load periods.

=> -----Original Message-----
=> From:
=> []On Behalf Of Doc
=> Sent: Sunday, April 21, 2002 3:53 AM
=> To:
=> Subject: Re: Network Hub selection help needed
=> On Sun, 21 Apr 2002, Chad Fernandez wrote:
=> > I'm finally going to work on hooking up a home network, so I guess I
=> > need a hub. What should I look for? I don't know much about networks
=> > yet. I have potentially 7 computers that I'd like to have connected.
=> > It'll need to be 10Base-T, but 100base-T may be involved too.
=> I thought
=> > I'd look for something on Ebay, hopefully, not too expensive. Maybe
=> > something commercial grade, However. I thought about
=> something from IBM
=> > or 3Com, any suggestions??
=> A set of cheap auto-sensing 10/100 switches is plenty for most home
=> networks. I have a $2500 managed Netelligent 8-port switch in the
=> closet, unplugged. The main switch for my network is a $70 NetGear....
=> It's _quieter_. Under VERY heavy load the Compaq outperforms the
=> NetGear, but only then. If I have an unruly NIC or host, the management
=> features are nice, but the real solution to that is still to replace the
=> NIC or reconfigure the host. I can't justify the increased power
=> requirements and noise of the Netelligent unit. If it hadn't been
=> cheaper than the NetGear, I wouldn't have it at all.
=> The extra $20 or so for a switch over a hub is well worth it, though.
=> Doc
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