On 20 Mar 2004 at 9:01, Greg 'groggy' Lehey wrote:

> On Thursday, 18 March 2004 at 22:54:49 -0600, W. D. wrote:
> >
> > If there is a possibility that you will have some heavy traffic
> > at times, the best hub is a switch!  You are likely to have
> > less bandwidth wasting collisions during high traffic periods.
> I'd put it more forcibly than that: hubs are obsolete.  You can find
> switches for almost nothing nowadays; don't buy hubs.
> And yes, I haven't checked whether the EFAH08W is a switch or a hub.
> But I've never had problems with cheap switches, so I would tend to
> buy by price.

I have had problems with a cheap TrendNet switch.  I no longer recall 
the details (except that backups that went through it tended to die), 
but it was in a high-traffic location and the problems were fixed by 
replacing it with a not-quite-as-cheap D-Link switch.  I compared notes 
with another sysadmin at a different local company and found he'd had a 
similar experience with the same switch.  I have a different model of 
cheap TrendNet switch in a low-traffic location and have had no trouble 
with it.


Jerry Dunham
M3 Design, Inc.
(512) 218-8858

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