But hubs are cheaper!
of all knowing the difference between a hub and a switch is
critical. The simplest explanation of the differences would
be a four port hub running at 100Mbps actually will share that
bandwidth with each computer. On the other hand a switch works
slightly differently with the same four port switch would actually
allow for full 100Mbps connections. A switch is a much more
reasonable tool to use for large networks as sixteen computers
sharing bandwidth would become very slow.
in the box?
opening the box in addition to the unit one will find a power
cord, and a number of manuals and pamphlets. The manual supplied
with this unit does a pretty good job of explaining how to setup
this unit as well as detailing the use of some of the more advanced
options. One of the only things I would have liked to see with
this unit would perhaps be the inclusion of some Cat5 cable
in the box. We would also like to have seen a much longer power
cord supplied as the one that arrived with the unit was very
can it do?
Dynastack DS2216 has a number of useful features that are often
only found in more expensive switches. First of all the switch
has sixteen 10/100Mbps ports. This unit sports neat "power
buttons" on the front of the unit to allow for greater
control and configuration. This will allow you to power and
control each connection to the switch on each individual port.
In addition, port 8 on this unit can be used as an uplink to
another hub or switch, which can be extremely useful if one
is trying to connect to an existing network.
are a number of modes that can be set on the DS2216 via using
the "mode" and "set" buttons. The FDX/Col
light will illuminate all the ports are running full duplex
mode, it will also blink if there are packet collisions. The
Speed LED will light up all ports are running at 100Mbps. The
Link/Act will light all ports that have activity. The 100M will
light all LEDs that are forced into 100Mbps mode, once you cycle
through to the port you would like to force 100Mbps mode onto
you hold down the set button to enable it.