The internet age has reached its full bloom and almost every one in the planet has learned to be “connected” via the World Wide Web. Even my friends’ kids are aware of this technology. To my surprise, a five year old girl once added me as a friend on one of her social networking profile page.
The availability of several internet providers together with various options or methods of connecting through their service has given the Pinoys different opportunities to enjoy even a satisfactory internet speed.
Moreover, some people are finding ways to improve the quality and speed of their subscribed connection through the use of network hardware (devices).
Modem. This hardware is commonly installed and supplied by the ISP (internet service provider) which brings the internet connection from their side to our homes through a phone line or TV cable and is generally capable of providing a single connection for only one device (PC or notebook) that is why people buy a router.
Router. The router institutes a secured network and allows a single subscribed connection to be shared by several computers. This device can be bought in wired and wireless types depending on your need. Through this device, a single network security (firewall) can be implemented to prevent unwanted access to your home network. The router connects directly to the modem and in turn provides connections to other devices through its LAN/WLAN (local area network) ports.
Switch. The switch allows creation of a local network and furthermore allows additional connections for the router or another switch if necessary (just like a TV splitter). It can be used in place of a router if the ISP has supplied an aDSL modem-router. Switches are recommended since they provide faster data transfers compared to the hub. Commonly available in 5, 8, 16, and 24 ports.
I’ll be discussing on a separate article the network accessories that will allow these devices to be interfaced to your computer and create your own personal home network.