Join Mike Meyers for an in-depth discussion in this video Hubs and switches, part of CompTIA Network+ Exam Prep (N10-006) Part 1: Understanding Networks.
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- When we talk about these little boxes that act…as the centerpiece for our networks, we really don't…use the word hubs anymore.…The reason is, is that hubs and switches are actually…very different things.…Now if you look down here at the top I have a hub…and at the bottom I have a switch.…Now, even though ostensibly they look pretty much…the same, they're actually quite, quite different.…So, to appreciate the difference, I've got a video…I did a couple of months ago that describes the…difference between hubs and switches beautifully.…
Let's watch.…The important thing to remember about a hub…is that it's a repeater.…A computer sends a frame into the hub, it reads that…frame and then it makes multiple copies of that…frame for every other connected port.…So, in this case, I got three connections so it makes…three perfect copies of the frame that just went in…and it sends those copies down the wires to every…other computer on the network.…A switch is very different from a hub, because…it's smart, it actually keeps track of the MAC addresses…
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