Hub v. Switch - what does this Linksys explanation mean?

Discussion in 'Home Networking' started by usenet, Oct 12, 2004.

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    usenet Guest

    I have a Linksys 10/100 5-port Workgroup Hub, model EFAH05W. The
    Support Page for Hubs on the Linksys site has the following

    Switch VS. Hub. All Linksys Switches provide for Full-Duplex speed and
    cut down the traffic on the network by sending the packets only to the
    port on the workstation is to receive the information. The Linksys
    hubs only operate at Half-Duplex speed and they broad cast a packet to
    all the nodes on the network (the Auto- sensing hubs broadcast the
    10Mb packets to the port that operate at 10Mb only and broadcast the
    100Mb packets to the ports that operate at 100Mb only.

    What does that last sentence about Auto-sensing hubs mean? Does it
    mean that the 10/100 hubs sort of act as a switch of sorts when
    there's a mix of 10Mb/s and 100Mb/s devices connected? One can
    certainly send packets from a 100Mb/s device to a 10Mb/s device on the
    usenet, Oct 12, 2004
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    Rob Morley Guest

    It seems to mean that there are effectively two hubs, and they don't
    talk to each other, but it's just not very well worded - what it
    actually means is that it acts as an unswitched hub but broadcasts at
    the speed appropriate to the machine on each port.
    Rob Morley, Oct 12, 2004
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