I need help, I have 2 8-port hubs and 12 computers. Can I connect the two hubs together to make it function as 1? If yes, how do I do it? Do I need special hardware or software to do it? I'd very appreciate all the help you can give me. Thanks,
It depends on the switch - some models don't require them, others do. If you don't want to spend the money on switches, since you already have 2 hubs, just connect the hubs together with a crossover cable. There should be ports marked on the hubs to indicate where the uplink ports are located. The user manual should also tell you which ones they are, and how to connect them.
but switches are better than hubs right? so, i'll probably be using switches... i'll run through the manual, (if i can find it) and try some things... thnx ...
Switches do the same thing as hubs, basically. The difference is that switches are faster. Hubs utilize a single "bus", if you will, and all traffic runs on the same line to get to any host on the hub. Switches, however, have the capability to create direct logical circuits between two communicating machines, so other network activity doesn't interfere so much.
If all you ever do is swap files every now and then between machines, a 10/100 hub will do. But, if you're constantly serving files, or if you're planning a LAN party, you'd benefit from having a switch, as it would decrease latency and eliminate network packet collisions.