Discussion in 'Networking & Security' started by AMDXP, Jul 9, 2004.

  1. AMDXP

    AMDXP 2[H]4U

    Jul 9, 2004
    Im confused ok

    Whats the differance between a switch and a router?

    What would I need for a network? I want to run a file server wher ethe computers can access files etc and two comps for games surfing working etc....

    Could I Have a cable modem plug the ethernet port to a switch and buy 3 more ethernet cables and plug them in 3 differnt computers and get internet access?
  2. Ockie0107

    Ockie0107 Limp Gawd

    Jun 18, 2004
    The basic home routers such as linksys/dlink/netgear are basically units used for dhcp serving (layer 3 capability with a layer two switch integrated). Switches are normally layer two units and basically all they do is connect computers together (simplistic terms).

    In most situations you require a router to share the internet between all your computers, you can also share files between your machines just as if you were connected to a switch. Also, a router normally tends to have a built in firewall so you can have an extra layer of protection.

    If your ISP provides each computer with an IP address, then a switch would suffice for your needs.

    In either case, all you need to do is plug your cable modem into the devices whether it be a switch or a router.