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    Hamster without a wheel iain's Avatar
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    Ah i see what you mean, the linux box will act as the router - it will be running Red Hat 6, which will also be on the web development machine.

    Also i have just re-read the tech spec - it says 10Mbs shared
    im fairly new t networking does this machine that the 10Mbits is shared between each port - so if two machines are on it will be a 5Mbps network - if 5 stations it will be 2 Mbps

    could someone please clear this up for me
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    Originally posted by iain
    Ah i see what you mean, the linux box will act as the router - it will be running Red Hat 6, which will also be on the web development machine.

    Also i have just re-read the tech spec - it says 10Mbs shared
    im fairly new t networking does this machine that the 10Mbits is shared between each port - so if two machines are on it will be a 5Mbps network - if 5 stations it will be 2 Mbps

    could someone please clear this up for me
    well personnaly i would suggest debian for a router based machine... but then again its a ***** to install and i would not recommend it to a newbie to linux... dont try it unless you are very comfortable with no gui... as for the network it should *theoretically* transmit at 10mbps but it will not... this is due to many factors... your transmission rate is almost impossible to predict but it will be fast most likely arround 3-1mbps

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    Hamster without a wheel iain's Avatar
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    great - thats cleared a few things up, i dont mind working with linux so ill look at debian. 3mbps is pretty fast so ill be happy with that

    one more thing

    as a special offer they are giving away an unlimited user copy of Virtual Motion's Internet LanBridge. What is this - i know it normally costs around 80 for a two user license - anyone know what it is?
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    Originally posted by iain
    Ah i see what you mean, the linux box will act as the router - it will be running Red Hat 6, which will also be on the web development machine.

    Also i have just re-read the tech spec - it says 10Mbs shared
    im fairly new t networking does this machine that the 10Mbits is shared between each port - so if two machines are on it will be a 5Mbps network - if 5 stations it will be 2 Mbps

    could someone please clear this up for me
    OK, what 10 Mb shared means:

    The network can send 10 megabits of data per second. A hub works at half duplex, shared bandwidth. This means:

    1) A computer may be sending, or receiving, but not both at once.
    2) Only one computer may be sending at a time.

    With a switch, you can get full duplex (send + receive at once) and you no longer share bandwidth (so each machine could, in theory, use the full bandwidth all the time).

    Hubs are OK for many applications because, for many purposes, only one computer NEEDS to send out a packet at any given time.

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