Collision and Connection Problems on LAN Connection

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I am setting up a local area network at our office. I like to know what kind of peripheral do I have to use where I can be sure that I will not suffer from collision problems. I have both switch and a hub, which one is better to use?

 
 
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Answered By 10 points N/A #87696

Collision and Connection Problems on LAN Connection

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Hi Judy,

I will prefer that you use a switch instead of a hub. A hub is dumb and therefore allows all the devices on the network to communicate to each other. There is no verification of the traffic quality or data integrity by a hub during the transmission. It just routes network data from one port to multiple ports on the network without inspecting the right destination of the data. It's therefore very inefficient. There are collisions which occur as a result of broadcasting data to multiple ports.

The case is different for a switch. Before it transmits data on the network it inspects it for quality and integrity and data is transmitted from one specific port to another on the network. Hence you can be sure that there will be no collisions when using a switch.

Hope this helps.

Answered By 0 points N/A #87697

Collision and Connection Problems on LAN Connection

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Using a switch is certainly preferable. The hub is routing the information from a single port to several ports, but never checks its destination and therefore its efficiency is low. No procedure for verifying data integrity or quality of traffic is available.

On the contrary, when using a switch quality and integrity of data are monitored when information is sent from one port to another. This way, collisions of data are avoided.

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