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Cable modem debate, need advice

My son and daughter live in North Carolina, I am in California. They just got cable internet. The want to run 2, possibly3 computers on this. I have always set up my local networks using a router, and added a hub if i need to add more devices.

They have been told that a hub is all they need. Price difference between hub and router is only about 15 bucks. I think they need a router,but they think a 4 port hub will do. This hub has an up link port on it, but I had always been told to use a router with cable modem.

I want to find out if I am right or if whoever told them a hub will work is right. I always used router because of NAT, IP etc. I am really curious as to whether a hub will work. Thank you for all answers and advice in advance.

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Model number please.

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There are some cable modems that come with all in one modem, router, wifi and organ grinder.

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The cable modem model is Motorola SB5101

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Sorry I took so long to get back to you, but I found out the model number. I don't know if its true or not but the claim is that it could be hooked up with a hub or switch using a cross over cable.

thank you

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That one is "just a modem"

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If you need to share the connection, just about any router+wifi box will do.

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Without a router they will needto use ICS

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or "Internet Connection Sharing". This would use a hub or switch. One PC would play host to the others. It would need to be turned on for the other PCs to be able to get on the internet and handle all the traffic. ICS comes with more headaches than aspiring can alleviate. You don't want to recommend it to people you like.

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As above. . .

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the good old boys danced around your question. Wink

For a home network they need a router. The router assigns IP addresses and comes with Wi-Fi. A hub won't do either one.

For additional devices in excess of four wired connections, get a switch. Wi-Fi will handle over 120 (depending on who you talk to the number is somewhere 128 and 212) wireless devices.

Cable modem -> router -> toys. Maybe even an organ grinder if it has and Ethernet port.

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Report back and thank you all

In reply to: As above. . .

I sent them a Linksys Router that I had sitting around. Took almost 2 weeks for the post office to deliver it, but they hooked it up, booted both computers and are off and running.

My son is kicking himself for buying a hub instead of router last month. They lost time, and could not return or exchange it after opening it. They tried ICS until the router got there, they confirmed the headaches.

Thanks for all the help. As an aside, I told them to get a router, not a switch or hub, when they were going to the store. A salesman told them that what he was selling would save them money and do the job(they had 10 units for every router there, so he was overstocked. What a way to reduce inventory).

Thanks again. Now if I can just find me an Ethernet organ grinder for my own desk.

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