Yes there are some million models but they all do one thing. No analysis required here.
"Which Ethernet multiple hub will work with a Mac and which is the best one to buy."
If you find one that doesn't work with a Mac it probably doesn't work with PCs too. As to the best one to buy that's VERY EXPENSIVE, made by Cisco with software management features and optical fiber uplinks. Here I just go with 20 buck boxes.
Oh, woe! My computer is a G4 Sawtooth desktop (well, really "floortop") running OS 10.4.11. It has no Airport card, so for the past while I was using an Ethernet wireless adaptor from Belkin to connect to the Internet, while the printer, my beloved LaserJet
4ML AppleTalk model, adapted with an AsanteTalk device, used the Ethernet port. The Internet connections using the wireless adaptor became very tenuous, and I thought that broadband was the way to go. Now I have another problem.
The cable modem installer guy just left, shrugging his shoulders. Thing is, my printer needs the Ethernet port (for the AsanteTalk device that connected it with the computer, but that port is now taken up with the modem cable. The cable company, Time Warner, say that there is a way to get around the problem with an Ethernet hub offering several Ethernet ports. All fine and good, but there are so many at J&R, and the descriptions talk only about Windows and network cards. I don't have either a PC or a network card. (Couldn't get an Airport card for my G4.) I don't know what to do or what?if there is a solution in the adaptor with multiple Ethernet ports?which Ethernet multiple hub will work with a Mac and which is the best one to buy. The folks at J&R probably don't know, either. What do they know about AppleTalk?
The printer does have both serial and parallel ports (it works with both PCs and Macs), but I've always had to use the AsanteTalk to connect it to this Mac. Any suggestions, besides getting a new laser printer and trying to sell the two unopened toner cartridges I have on eBay? I don't even know whether the hub would be a solution.
Sorry! It has been a long road to this point, and I am disheartened. Feel free to lay it on me for having such antiquated equipment, do, but please try to help me, too.