Two friends and I are going to be hooking our three computers (all running
Linux, Slackware pl14) up to form a small network. We have two 3-Com
10-BaseT ethernet cards and I was wondering that if we bought a third,
do we HAVE to purchase a hub to hook them together? Is there some sort
of passive hub that will allow us to hook together at a LOT cheaper price
than buying a regular hub? Given the prices of hubs, there is no way we
will be getting one (actually buying the card is spending enough money).
Does anyone know of a different linux-compatible card which we could use
to work around the problem instead?
I thought of building a "passive" hub by getting a bunch of plugs and crossing
the appropriate wires. Would this work? We aren't strangers to a soldering
iron, so if someone has hacked a way to do this, please let me know.
"A joke is like a frog; you can dissect it and see how it works, but you
kill it in the process."