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Router vs Hub
Gixster Dec-11-01 01:31 PM
I'm going to be setting up a 3 computer workgroup for a friend that will also be configured to access a cable modem for all 3 computers. If I use a router instead of a hub to handle the access to the modem, the router should also handle all of the local sharing between the 3 computers ?

Just wanted to make sure that a router would handle the internal computer to computer traffic as well as the internet traffic.


1. RE: Router vs Hub
lbyard Dec-11-01 05:35 PM
In response to message 0
If I use a router instead of a hub to handle the access to the modem, the router should also handle all of the local sharing between the 3 computers?

Yes. I presume you are referring to a combination router/switch; e.g., http://duxcw.com/digest/Reviews/Network/smc/smc7004br/smc7004br.htm. Larry


2. RE: Router vs Hub
Gixster Dec-12-01 03:30 AM
In response to message 1
That looks like about what I'm looking for. Does that device have any built in provisions for a firewall or would I need separate firewall software on top of that ?

Thanks
Tracy


3. RE: Router vs Hub
lbyard Dec-12-01 04:18 PM
In response to message 2
Most routers have a firewall. Most broadband routers are NATs (http://duxcw.com/faq/ics/diffrout.htm ) and a NAT provides good protection. I would not run firewall software. It is usually not necessary with a router and it can cause problems with the local network. Larry

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