Quote:> Thank you for the help, which is better a hub or a switch, or isn't
> there much difference?
Hub: Sends all data to every machine connected to it and then the machine
accepts/rejects it based on who the packet is destined for.
Switch: Intelligently "switches" the data to the right port at the box,
avoiding packet collision.
Switch is better if you have the extra few $ but hub is fine really for a
Alternatively... I would recommend you give Linux a shot first (as long as
you aren't spending money in doing so!) since it is a great learning
experience. If you take a very easy-to-use graphical distro such as Redhat,
a home network can be setup with surprising ease in most cases. You'd want
to install the following things with it:
iptables (for connection sharing and firewalling)
webmin (for admin of err.. everything on the server)
samba (for windows filesharing)
Redhat has an RPM system for simple 'package' installation and there is
tonnes of documentation for the above 3.