Hub vs Switch

Comparison between Hub and Switch

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Hub and Switch are both important network devices in the field of computers and other related devices.  A hub is a passive network device that connects several devices with one network and operates without a software. It allows exchange of data between these devices and is typically based on Ethernet, USB Connections, or Firewire. The connected devices will then serve as a single segment that are typically used in a Local Area Network (LAN). It has either 4 or 12 ports and transmits data in the form of bits or electrical signals. Its transmission type can be unicast, multicast, or broadcast while its transmission mode is half duplex. Oracle, Sun Systems, and Cisco are the well-known manufacturers of hub.

Switch on the other hand is an active networking device (with a software) that permits connection of multiple computers in a single computer network which is typically LAN. Unlike hubs, switch connects various segments instead of just a single one; hence multiple Ethernet or Firewire are connected with each other. Switch is composed of multiple bridges of 24 or 48 ports and transmits data in the form of frame for L2 switch and frame and packet for L3 switch. Its initial transmission type is broadcast but can be unicast and multicast if necessary while its transmission mode can be half or full duplex. Cisco and D-Link Juniper are its reputable manufacturers.

Choosing between Hub and Switch depends on the personal preferences and needs. It is better to consider other options as well to find a good match.


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