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* Network HUB vs Network Switch


What are the difference between a network HUB and a network switch. A hub basically connects a lot of Ethernet cables so a group of Ethernet devices  can talk to each other. A hub creates a segment, if memory server.


A switch 'filters and forwards' packets between two different LAN segments. That means it passes some through, and keeps others inside. Think of it as a railroad switch. A switch improves performance on a larger Ethernet network say 20 or more.


(Linksys Etherfast Cable/DSL Router) is often talk about for home network security. That's actually a router, or 'smart hub.'

Heavy duty routers (like Cisco) read a packet's headers to figure out where to forward it... in simpler terms, the Etherfast keeps the Internet outside of your home or small business network.