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[Q] Purpose of network switches and bandwidth improvement

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August 18, 2012 6:45:04 PM

Hello guys and thanks for reading.

I'd like to ask if using a network switch improves the bandwidth of computer?

I'm planning to get a new motherboard as my CPU is dead and the LAN port of that motherboard is 1000Mbps my router have 4 ports of 100Mbps. If I were to get a network switch with 5 port, all 4 ports to the router and one to my computer. Will bandwidth increase? Not internet bandwidth but home network bandwidth.

Replying would be a big help.

Edit : Will the IP binded be the same on the computer? Cause I remember IP given from the router is different for every connection.
August 19, 2012 1:31:52 AM

it will still be 100Mb/s because only one network port will be used.
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August 19, 2012 1:39:43 AM

Then what's the use of network switches?
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August 19, 2012 2:02:51 AM

connecting several computers together.

the only time you would see an increase of network speed using a Giga Switch is when you transfer data between two computers that both have giga network cards.
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August 19, 2012 3:38:51 AM

What I meant is 4 ports to a switch and one port to computer.
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August 19, 2012 6:29:14 AM

it will only use one port not four
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August 19, 2012 6:33:43 AM

It isn't 4x100Mbps?

If it isn't, what's the purpose of Network switches?
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August 19, 2012 6:36:10 AM

to connect computers together at the max speed of one network port
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August 19, 2012 7:55:15 AM

That's what i meant. All 4 ports from my router to the network switch but only 1 port to my computer.
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August 19, 2012 4:20:37 PM

it does not matter if you connect one cable or four cable from the router to the switch it will connect at max 100Mb/s between the two
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August 19, 2012 6:40:02 PM

Okay... So what does a network switch do exactly?
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