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Network - Routers & Switches?

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Last response: in Networking
October 30, 2002 2:31:37 PM

Hi guys, i am currently going to buy a Router to share my DSL connection. But i just found out that a switch can do same job what i want, and the switch is like $50 cheaper than a router. so i am just wondering there is any differences between a router and a switch.
thanks for your reply.


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October 30, 2002 4:03:01 PM

well since many good 4 port routers are selling for about 50.00 that would mean you can get free switches.. anyway with only a switch you will need a way to give each computer\nic its own IP ( a router does this as part of its hardware)

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October 30, 2002 5:00:04 PM

cami : dynamic IP

lagger: no wonder there are more people getting a router than gettting a switch.

so how about a crossover net cable, what is it for? and any differences between a crossover cable and a regular cable? sorry about bothering you guys, but i really wanna know. thanks

October 30, 2002 5:44:01 PM

Use crossover for PC to PC. Straight thru for PC to network devices.

I would go for a router, use NAT if possible and use the default private IP addressing for the PCs. NAT will also act a pretty good firewall.

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October 30, 2002 7:27:08 PM

Thanks guys, so can i share my dsl connection with another computer by using a single crossover cable?? i mean without a router and a switch. One is Windows XP, and another one is Windows ME. Both of them have 2 different Network Cards installed. (4 different NIC totally :) )


October 30, 2002 8:48:16 PM

You can but the computer connected with DSL have to be on for the other computer to access internet.