Router or hub?

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treespirit

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I have been reading these networking threads and routers are always mentioned, we have our 3 computers on a hub instead. I know they do the same thing but do most people have routers and what's the difference, is one better than the other?
 
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Are all three of your computers networked for sharing files and sharing a Internet connections. If your are and everything is working fine...then you are lucky using ICS(internet connection sharing) provided by Windows.

If you are not successfully sharing the Internet...then using a router to handle it is more preferred method.
 

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The router is hands-down the better choice. ICS is a PITA to configure and to live with. You have to keep the computer that runs ICS on all the time, or the others can't connect to the Internet. ICS will also cause problems with various Internet connections, such as games or IM services.

Do yourself a favor and pick up a broadband router, you'll be happy you did. :)
 

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A router sounds like a good choice. Our computers all work fine but would like to have them be networked and share a printer. Thanks for the advice.:)
 
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treespirit said:
A router sounds like a good choice. Our computers all work fine but would like to have them be networked and share a printer. Thanks for the advice.:)
A router also improves your security (or can) because it has a firewall built in, or at least most of them do.
 
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