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The answer depends on one other question: How many IP addresses does your ISP provide you with?
If the ISP gives you only one IP address, then you MUST use a router if more than one computer will share the connection. You can buy a router off the shelf, or you can configure a linux machine to act like a router.
If the ISP gives you more than one IP address, then either the router or the hub will be sufficient.
From the point of view of you linux and windows boxes, they don't know and don't care what they're connected to.
A couple more things to consider though:
1. A router is more expensive than a hub
2. A router requires configuration to work properly (i.e. packet forwarding, dhcp, etc.)
3. A hub "throttles down" to the slowest connection. That is, if you have a 10-MBit device and two 100-MBit devices plugged into the same hub, then everybody is forced to transfer at 10-MBit (even if the two 100-MBit devices are talking to each other).
4. A hub requires absolutely 0 configuration.
From what you've said, I think you'd probably best be served by a router. It can do everything a hub does and more. Not only that, it will do everything better (more intelligently) too.
I'm afraid I can't be of much help there. I've never done it myself... I know it's possible though. I did a quick search on google and didn't come up with anything. Maybe some of the other folks around can help.
If you've got the money though, then I'd suggest just getting the router and avoid any possible complications with configuring a linux box to do the job.
Originally posted by Dark_Helmet
If the ISP gives you only one IP address, then you MUST use a router if more than one computer will share the connection.
Do they not have Network Address Translation (NAT Configuration) routers in the US? We have them in the UK.
No, the only real restriction is how man MAC Addresses (hardware addresses) the packets can be forwarded to and therefore how many machines can be registered as "trusted" to receive on the single IP address. Just thought I'd clear that up.
what you gonna go for when you pass the magic 1K posts, guru or addict?
I'm having a bit of a head crisis about that. The problem is, I don't consider myself an addict or a guru. It's taken me nearly 2 years to get a thousand posts as I generally only post when a) There are zero replies to a thread or b) when someone's got the wrong end of the stick altogether.
I have four options:
3) Post a poll and ask viewers to decide (which is a bit vain)
4) Start over again under a new name
Currently number 4 is the most likely. Which would you do bigjohn?
Distribution: Redhat 8.0, Immunix 7.0 a few others
I like your sense of humour, bigjohn!
Well, this is my first post as Q*Bert the newbie.
I'll no doubt be mistaken for a LNO member. Which is no problem. I *can't* become an addict because I'm not addicted to posting and I can't be a guru because that would make me lazy. My learning curve never flattens.