Network hub connection
What is a network hub connection? How is it used.
There are two types of networks, one is wired and the other is wireless. Cables are used to interconnect computers in a wired network, whereas no cables are used in a wireless network. All computers in a wireless network can communicate with each other with no wires. If you just have two computers, you can connect each end of the UTP cable to each computer to form a wired network. But if you have more than two computers, you need a network hub to interconnect computers. Network hub is nothing but a junction box in a network where all the network cables are connected. Computers on the network communicate with each other through network hubs. There are 4, 8 and 16 ports network hubs available in the market. You can buy the one that suits your needs.
Here are the methods to connect a network using a hub:
- Placement of the hub
- Provide Power to hub
- Connecting computers to the hub
Placement of the hub
Placement of the hub is a major factor that has to be planned before setting up a network. A UTP cable runs from each computer to the hub. So, to shorten the length of the cable required and arrange the network in systematic order, you are suggested to place the hub in a central location of the network. So, the distance between each computer and the hub is almost the same.
Provide power to hub
Constant power has to be supplied to the hub to make it work, LEDs on the hub shows the power and network connectivity status. A hub is the central point of communication in a wired network, each computer in the network communicates with each other through the hub. So, if the hub goes off, the enter network goes off. So, provide proper power backup to ensure that the hub does not go off.
Each computer in the network must be installed with an Ethernet card which makes the computer capable of being a part of the network. RJ45 connectors are connected to each end of a UTP cable to set-up a network. One end of the network cable is connected to the Ethernet port present on the computer and the other end of the cable is connected to the hub. If you have connected the UTP cable to the hub and if the computer is on, the LED corresponding to the port will glow or blink to show the network status. LEDs next to the port which are not being used will remain turned off.
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