Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by anewhope, Sep 20, 2002.

  1. anewhope

    anewhope Guest

    Just setting up a 5 person network to share our cable modem, and just got a few queries about it. We've all got Ethernet NICS and CAt5 cable ready, but i've been told a router would be much better.

    We've bought a hub and it's all; ready to go ahead. Not being much of a networking expert, could I set the PC with the cable modem as proxy and hang the other machines off that
  2. Smokie

    Smokie A Proud Australian

    Townsville, Qld, Australia
    The trouble with using one PC as the hub is that the main computer must always be on for the other systems to get on the net.

    A router is a better idea in my opinion as you don't have to have that main computer running plus a router usually has an inbuilt firewall
  3. anewhope

    anewhope Guest

    Doesn't matter bout PC being on all the time, i like to download ..
  4. RobbieSan

    RobbieSan Guest

    you could pick up a cheap 5 port 10/100 switch to achieve the same thing.. with that you wouldn't need to bother with leaving a certain machine on.. grab a Linksys or SMC for cheap..
  5. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

    No that's not true. A switch will do no more than a hub (except perhaps better speed). A router is a much more complex device.