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Can a Cable/DSL router be used as hub?
texmix Jan-22-01 11:13 PM
I have a PC with Windows ME, a PC with 98 SE, and a laptop with Win 98 that I wish to do a home network with. Eventually I will even add the 486/66 with Win 95 that sits in my son's room, if all goes well.

Currently we have Dial Up internet. Broadband is soon to be available in our neighborhood, thank heavens. They're doing the digging now.

I am thinking about buying one of the Cable/DSL routers, going ahead and using it for connecting my computers for file and printer sharing, possibly internet sharing, then when high-speed access becomes available, I already have the right equipment installed.
Will this work, or will I have problems with configuration since it won't have the broadband access? Any other considerations?

1. RE: Can a Cable/DSL router be used as hub?
lbyard Jan-23-01 05:57 PM
In response to message 0
The router/switches that I know of can act as a hub/switch until you get your broadband connection. The SMC Barricade (http://duxcw.com/digest/Reviews/Network/smc/smc7004br/smc7004br.htm), which comes in 4-port and 8-port versions) has a serial port that can be connected to an external dial-up MODEM for access to a dial-up Internet connection. Larry

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