Networking hardware queries

S. Anthony Sequeira tony at sequeira.com
Wed Feb 25 11:24:45 PST 2004


On Wed, 2004-02-25 at 17:08, Declan Moriarty wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 25, 2004 at 03:56:45PM +0000, Tony Sequeira enlightened us
> thusly
> > On Wed, 25 Feb 2004 14:57:40 +0000, Declan Moriarty wrote
> > 
> > > 
> > > I have a growing number of boxes lying around here, and a project on
> > the
> > > back burner. Hence these queries.
> > > 
> > > 1. I have no network hub as yet. Can I stick 2 cards into a box and
> > set
> > > it as server under linux, in effect using it as the hub and server,
> > > or should I buy some hub?
> > 
> > I would buy a switch in preference to a hub.  As to the first part of
> > the question, I'm no expert, so am not sure.  Problems may occur if
> > you want both cards to be on the same subnet.  And surely this would
> > only allow you to connect three machines together, unless I have got
> > hold of the wrong end of the stick entirely, in which case please feel
> > free to tell me.  <Disclaimer> I may be totally wrong as well, so I
> > stand corrected in advance. </Disclaimer>
> > 
> > s/Disclaimer/Chicken mode/g
> 
> Never be afraid of being shot down, Tony. It keeps you humble like me ;-)
> 
> I heard a switch was the modern way to go. It's all fine as long as it
> doesn't cost real money.

I bought an 8 port switch for £29.79 from a local computer shop a few
months ago.  I'm dead sure you can find cheaper ones on the net, maybe
Ebay.
-- 
Tony



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