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Using a Hub or Switch to Share an Internet Connection

Q. Can an Ethernet  hub (or switch) replace a router for a small network using the Internet?

A.  Qualified no—mostly no.  You could use a hub or switch  to connect PCs to a cable or DSL MODEM if you want to pay your service provider a monthly fee for an IP address for each PC on the Local Area Network (LAN).

Also see:  What are the differences between an Ethernet hub or switch and a broadband router?

What is the Difference between a Hub and a Switch?

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