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A hub connects devices together. Hubs used to be expensive pieces of equipment used only in larger computer rooms, but now mini hubs of just 4 or 8 ports can be had cheaply. The key characteristic of hubs is whether or not they are switched, and whether they support 100mbps or not. For home use, unless you are doing some really strange stuff, the cheapest hub from a name brand is adequate. For DSL, one port will be used by the DSL modem, leaving the rest free for your computers.


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