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Is A Switch the Same as a Router?

January 22, 2006 at 14:54:33
Specs: XP/Home, 933/512

I bought a "switch" made by Netgear thinking it was the same as a router? Am I wrong? There are 5 ports...the instructions are not thorough...left me confused? Does a switch work like a router? I don't need a wireless router...two computers sitting side-by-side...

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#1
January 22, 2006 at 16:29:25

Switch is NOT a router. Its a smart repeater and doesn't do NAT [network address translation]

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#2
January 22, 2006 at 17:29:11

So...do I need to buy a router instead of a switch? I just need to split the internet signal so that both my computers can share the broadband connection...

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#3
January 22, 2006 at 18:03:53

Usually you get only one ip address which means you would use a router to translate one to many [nat]. If you get two ip addresses you are fine but usually you pay more for that service. A router also protects you better since a switch provides no protection.

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#4
January 22, 2006 at 22:56:03

You can live without a router if you use ICS which is built into XP. However, whichever PC would be "hosting" the internet would need two NIC's and have to be on for the second PC to connect. Info on ICS is in the windows help files.

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