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  1. #1
    Mike
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    Default Single port or 4 port ADSL modem

    I am going to be buying a new ADSL modem... However I'm a little confused as to what I need - a single port ethernet/utp, or a 4 port ethernet/utp. There's about $50 difference between the two, and that might be a deciding factor for me, unless I'm convinced one way or another. Does a 4 port one mean I can plug other computers into it? Or do I still need a hub? Or can I connect a single port one into my old hub and have other computers connect to it via that?

    Can someone explain it all to me please?

    Thanks,
    Mike.

  2. #2
    MartynC
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    Default Re: Single port or 4 port ADSL modem

    with a 4 port you can plug up to 4 devices, ie 4 computers; or if you have a network ready printer, 3 computers & a printer.
    If you have more than one computer, get the 4 plug or else you will have to switch cables, & also only 1 could use it at a time

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    Murray P
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    Default Re: Single port or 4 port ADSL modem

    > I am going to be buying a new ADSL modem... However
    > I'm a little confused as to what I need - a single
    > port ethernet/utp, or a 4 port ethernet/utp. There's
    > about $50 difference between the two, and that might
    > be a deciding factor for me, unless I'm convinced one
    > way or another.

    Does a 4 port one mean I can plug other computers into it?

    Yes.

    > Or do I still need a hub?

    No.

    > Or can I connect a single port one into my old hub
    > and have other computers connect to it via that?

    Yes.

    > Can someone explain it all to me please?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Mike.

    In other words if you already have a hub or switch you don't need the multi port router. If on the other hand, you want to save some space or clutter, you can ditch your existing hub and use a routers multi port hub/switch.

    Personally I'd go for the $50-.

    Cheers Murray P

  4. #4
    metla
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    Default Re: Single port or 4 port ADSL modem

    some cheap 4 port routers do not have the switch capability built into them and still require a hub/switch inorder to make a network.

    If i was you i would be looking for a 4 port router with inbuilt switch and firewall,from a reputable brand.

    And if you want to get tricky,one with wireless connectivity.....just set one up in my homestead and could not be happier,beams it out to all corners of my section,hell,the neigbourhood kids are probally leeching free net access from me as we speak.......

  5. #5
    bk T
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    Default Re: Single port or 4 port ADSL modem

    >
    > And if you want to get tricky,one with wireless
    > connectivity.....just set one up in my homestead and
    > could not be happier,beams it out to all corners of
    > my section,hell,the neigbourhood kids are probally
    > leeching free net access from me as we speak.......


    What brand and model? How is the signal strength - good?

  6. #6
    DangerousDave
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    Default Re: Single port or 4 port ADSL modem

    I have a $99+gst 4 port router (puretek i think - coexant chipset anyway), and it does the trick very well. Have had no problems with it - although i find it does get quite hot at times especially when transfering lots of data around the network. I have run out of room for computers though and had to get another 5 port switch. I think you can pick up a cheap 8 port switch for $40 or so anyway so it might be more efficient to get the single port router with the 8 port switch. But then again, most people don't have more than 4 computers and it does look better with only a router and no mess of cables with a switch. That of course is upto you!

    - David

  7. #7
    Mike
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    Default Re: Single port or 4 port ADSL modem

    > > Or can I connect a single port one into my old hub
    > > and have other computers connect to it via that?
    >
    > Yes.

    I'll do that then I guess... especially since Dick Smith have sold out of the 4port model and won't be getting more for 3 or 4 weeks

    Mike.

  8. #8
    metla
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    Default Re: Single port or 4 port ADSL modem

    Then why not shop elsewhere,DSE are hardly the be all and end all of computer hardware,Hell id put them well well well down the list.....just above warehouse stationary....

  9. #9
    Mike
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    Default Re: Single port or 4 port ADSL modem

    > Then why not shop elsewhere,DSE are hardly
    > the be all and end all of computer hardware

    Because they're in town, (usually) have the item in stock, offer far better warranties than most computer shops can/will do, and they're also cheaper than most places nearby.

    Mike.

  10. #10
    metla
    Guest

    Default Re: Single port or 4 port ADSL modem

    So....no real reason at all then?

    lmao.

    Must be crap shops in your part of the woods.

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