Someone with better knowledge than me can correct me if i'm wrong, but i'm pretty sure that using a router means that you dont need to have a PC permanantly switched on to use the internet as it is available seperately to each computer.
from my experience using a hub, the internet connection comes through one of the computers connected to that hub, so if that computer is not switched on the internet cannot be reached by the other computers.
again, sorry if this is way of or hard to make out
Chris you are correct and that makes perfect sense, if you go through a hub then one machine will have to dial up and share, is that pc isn't on, there will be no internet for the other machines. OIn the other case if you have a router then no machines have to be on for the internet to be running
Well the primary reason for a hub is when you have more computers than you have ports on your router. Like if you have 15 computers and 1, 5 port router. You use hubs to connect say 3 computers together and to the router 5X.
Originally posted by Maveric169 Well the primary reason for a hub is when you have more computers than you have ports on your router. Like if you have 15 computers and 1, 5 port router. You use hubs to connect say 3 computers together and to the router 5X.
Ya I made the mistake of getting a hub first (back before i knew anything about networking) but it's all good becuase now I use the router to conncet all the PC's to the modem, and then I needed the hub to get all my video game systems online throught the last port on the router So if you already got a hub, save it - it just may come in handy later on
I have presently 3 computers on one router, two are wireless. I use D-Link components. i would recommend when you chose components make sure they are the same manufacturer. They communicate better. My wireless works well in all rooms of my home. I love not needing a USB or ethernet line. Worth considering.