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There is a small network in my office which was created by HUB for 1 desktop & 1 laptop. Both are installed with OS-XP. And mine is Dell Vista laptop which I connected to this network and configured LAN settings.Icon is showing that computer is connected to Internet, but I'm able to view G-mail only. Other sites are not downloading. Error is showing as "Can not communicate with the DNS server(" when i diagnosed with Windows Network Diagnostics. Other XP laptop running normally as usual. Can anybody tell me what might be the problem & suggest a solution.Thanks.

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A hub is not designed to work alone, get a router. A router is designed to manage IP addresses.

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Thanks for your reply.Do you mean that with Hub we can not network 3 computers? Even with the same LAN settings for XP-laptop my Vista laptop (without XP laptop in the network) is not working properly( I'm able to browse very limited websites). With the same LAN settings XP laptop is working very properly.So there is any problem with Vista OS? I have to disable / enable some features in the system? Any advice...!

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A hub. . .

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is used to distribute IP addresses, not manage them. The modem sends the MAC address of a device to your ISP. If the ISP sees more than one MAC address (your several PCs) it will not allow it to function, or at best will work intermittently. A router sends one MAC address (it's own) to the modem and your ISP always sees one MAC address. The router assigns an IP address to each device and manages them so they each have access to the Net, and for file and printer sharing within your network. When one of your PCs sends a request for a web page, the router sends that request to your ISP under it's MAC address. When the reply is received, the Router takes the request and sends it to the MAC address of the requesting PC. A hub will send that reply to all PCs. And they get confused.

Same for a switch. It's designed to work behind a router.

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