Switches and Hubs Explained

Both help increase the number of Ethernet-ready clients that a network can host. Hubs and switches both add more LAN ports to an existing network. The largest difference between the two are, a hub uses one shared channel for all of its ports, while a switch has a dedicated channel for each of its ports. This means the more clients you connect to a hub, the slower the data rate gets, whereas with a switch the speed doesn’t change according to the number of connected clients. For this reason, hubs are much cheaper than switches with the same number of ports.

Hubs are pretty much obsolete now as the cost of switches has come down quite a bit. The cost of a switch generally varies based on its standard, regular Ethernet or Gigabit Ethernet, with the latter being more expensive, and the number of ports, the more ports, the higher the price.

A switch can be found with just 4 or up to 24 ports, or even more. The total of extra wired clients you can add to your network is equal to the switch’s total number of ports minus one. For example, a four port switch will add another three clients to the network. This is because you need to use one of the ports to connect the switch itself to the network, which, also uses another port of the existing network. With this in mind, make sure you buy a switch with significantly more ports than the number of clients you intend to add to the network.

Shoreworx Communications will answer any questions you have about switches and hubs. We would like for one of our knowledgeable technicians to meet with you and discuss the details of your needs to help you make a decision that will affect the quality of you network for the better, while keeping the future in mind.

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