Home Networking – Switch Vs. Hub



In today’s hyper connected world, the need for faster and more reliable networks becomes obvious. This is especially true when setting up your home network. With most, if not all, members of the household using one or more devices, plus adding all computers, smart devices, and game consoles, it would be wise to choose a switch over a hub.

When sending any sort of data over your network, whether it be video, photo or text message, it is broken down into small chunks called frames. Each frame contains your data, its destination address, and other related information.

Two Important Considerations

DELAYS – Hubs ignore the destination address, and broadcasts your frames to every connected device. This causes network traffic to spike. Only a handful of devices can overload a hub’s network.

SECURITY – A switch, however requires an access code to allow information to pass thru and learns and stores all addresses of each connected device.

Your secure switch then only sends frames (your data) to its destination device and does not broadcast it throughout the network as occurs with the use of a hub, which it shares its bandwidth with all its ports. For example, if you have a 10/100mbps hub the entire 10/100 is shared across every connected device. On a 10/100 switch, every port gets a full 10/100 to itself.

So, in conclusion if you want the fastest, most reliable secure network in your home, use a switch to expand your network beyond the ports normally found on your ISP’s modem/router.