A network hub allows multiple computers and peripherals to connect to the same LAN. Small hubs connect four computers, and larger hubs can network up to 24 computers. There are three types of network hubs: passive, active, and intelligent hubs. A passive network hub doesn’t amplify the electrical signal before broadcasting them to the network, while an active network hub does. Intelligent hubs can be stacked on top of one another to conserve space. They also have remote management capabilities through VLAN and SNMP support. These significant benefits make intelligent network hubs very important to businesses.
At PC Connection, we offer a wide variety of networking hub options by leading brands like Belkin, Digi, Sig, and Tripp Lite. Digi manufactures network hubs that make it easy to connect serial and USB devices anywhere on a wireless LAN or wired LAN. It also eliminates the need for PCs to attach to a local host. Belkin offers economy networking hub models which connect up to four peripherals such as high-resolution cameras, scanners, printers and mass-storage drives. With LEDs, it’s easy to monitor individual ports and master power.
When purchasing a new network hub, there is a lot to learn about market options and your company’s network architecture. Nodes can be connected to a hub, and all hubs can be uplinked together. As the number of users increase, performance will decrease. The main consideration for selecting a network hub should be performance. If there are five users and the hub is 100 Mbps, each user will only receive 20 Mbps of bandwidth. For a small network with little traffic, this is okay. However, if you have a large corporate network, it’s important to invest in a networking hub that has the appropriate amount of ports for expansion.