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You would need two ethernet cards in the routing box and a switch behind the Linux box to allow for multiple connections. As far as programs, all you need is ...
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- 07-21-2004 #11
You would need two ethernet cards in the routing box and a switch behind the Linux box to allow for multiple connections. As far as programs, all you need is iptables (kernel modules). You can use a gui frontend to config it, but I'm not sure what is available as far as that is concerned.
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- Jul 2004
I will have a total of three computers. My WinXP box, wife's laptop, and Linux box. Two ethernet cards in the Linux box, and a hub behind it.
- 07-21-2004 #12
- 07-21-2004 #13
Yeah, a switch is like a hub, but faster.
The main difference I've found (wait, I mean, the only difference I have found) is with a hub it sends information to port 1 then waits for a reply, if there is no reply it sends information to port 2 then waits for a reply, etc, etc, until the desired computer responds. A switch broadcasts the information to all ports then the desired computer responds. (I mean, not ports on the computers, here ports == the physical plugs on the hub/switch)
That is all I've been able to discern between a switch and a hub -and I've really looked. So, a switch is better than a hub. However, I get this nagging feeling there must be more differences between a hub and a switch, anyone know?
- 07-21-2004 #14
Another difference i know of, when multiple computers are connected via a switch, they can all broadcast at the same time, a hub only lets one at at time, so basicaly another variety of yours, that is the main difference, but it is a big one.
- 07-22-2004 #15
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Is a switch the same thing as a router?
If so I could get a wireless router...
If not is there such a thing as a wireless switch?
- 07-22-2004 #16
If your going wireless, excelnt, just avoid things with the word 'hub' how large is this network going to be? you cold do a switch, and a separate wirelesss access point, but its probably cheaper and easier to do an all in one solution.