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thats it, i have no networking exp. i just want to connect two computers for file sharing, printer and dsl. gaming not necessary. i have the ethernet modem supplied by my isp and some cat5. what would be the cheapest way to do this? switch, router, hub. links to actual products would be nice. thanks all.
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wired adsl router. look on dlinks site - they're pretty good and cheap enough
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Iff you just want to transfer data and stuff then get a usb cord thingy.
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you can pick up a switch on tigerdirect or newegg for $15-25 with 4 ports. perfect for a small home network
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post #5 of 20
You could just hook up a patch cord between the two comps, they're about $10-15 at your local electronics store. Or if you want to be more prepared go with a switch, that way you have the option to add more comps later.
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what is the difference between switch, router and hub?
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post #8 of 20
A switch like a hub will control a subnet or small group of computers and route messages between different computers, a router will route your internet connection to all the computers connected to it as well as act as a switch(usually NAT is used for routing). The primary difference between a switch and a hub is that a hub broad casts all packets to every computer on the network and thus making it far slower and creating a lot more collisions(also not very good as far as security is concerned). Example:

Switch:
Comp A sends Msg to Comp B:
Comp A -> Switch -> Comp B...

Hub:
Comp A sends Msg to Comp B:
Comp A -> Hub -> Comp B,C,D,E,F

All computers recieve the message and decide whether to ignore it or not, thats why hubs are slow and useless especially for gaming.Switches and Routers keep a ARP cache which means that they have a table in them which tells them what IP address belongs to which MAC address so they know exactly who to send the packets to.

Hope this info was helpful, even though its a bit stinted(im useless at explaining things...)

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Sorry didnt see the post above me...
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post #9 of 20
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very cool, anyone up for a game of find the cheapest router/switch and post the link?
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post #10 of 20
Not at all, your explanation is alot better than the one in that FAQ.

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very cool, anyone up for a game of find the cheapest router/switch and post the link?
LOL it's great being able to get people to do things for you for reps, or even just a thanks, isn't it HAHA.
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