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Router? Switch? eh?

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whats the difference between a router and a switch?
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A router acts as a DHCP and can assign IP addresses. A switch just connect multiple computers, a server or a router is still needed to assign the IP's.
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A router is smarter, basically a computer sends files to their way. More effective then a switch, but more costly. Even more down the line is a hub underneath the switch.
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he basically got it. all a switch does is connect a bunch of computers/network devices to the same network. a router has dhcp capabilities and all that good stuff. mac filtering, firewall...port forwarding...yada yada.
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ah..i see thanks for helping out a noob
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A Router Is A Switch, But A Switch Cannot Be A Router.

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A router is better, more expensive. ^_^
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if i want to be able to switch between my xbox and computer and not have to unplug the ethernet cable each time which should i get, a router or a switch? (we already have a router)
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