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Router Or Switch on 100Mbps LAN. Which is better.

Last response: in Components
December 16, 2002 11:01:58 AM

What is so special about a router VS a switch on a LAN? I am not going to get a router but I am curious.
December 16, 2002 11:55:38 PM

I see. What I was really asking is which is better in real world situations? Like what does a router do better than a switch that warrants the extra cost?
BTW I just realised I put this in the wrong forum. I apologise for that. :-)
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December 17, 2002 11:08:55 AM

a router is needed to talk between IP subnets (usually only in a commercial situation with multiple subnets OR between your LAN and your ISP's LAN). If you're just running a LAN with one subnet you don't need to route.

Other than that, there is no performance difference.

BTW, a typical Cable/DSL "Router" is really a router (the WAN connection that goes to the cable or DSL modem) and a switch (the 4 or 8 port LAN side) together.

<i>It's always the one thing you never suspected.</i>
December 17, 2002 11:55:13 AM

I see. Interestering to know. I was always curious.