We live in a day and age where people use so much technology but seem to know so little about it.

We walk around with our iPhones and Galaxys and run our days off of cloud storage and wireless internet, but how many of us actually know the first thing about any of the technology that we are using?

My guess is less than 2%

But today we are going to change that, starting with something that nearly everyone has used or knows about: Ethernet.

Specifiically, we are going to discuss the difference between the different between ethernet routers, hubs, and switches. While we aren’t going to dive into the nitty gritty of all of the science behind ethernet, we are going to help you figure out the difference between a couple of key components.

1. Router

A router is a device that forwards data along networks. Routers are always connected to at least two networks (if it is functioning properly) typically an LAN (local area network) and a WAN (wide area network) or and LAN and its ISP.s.

Routers are basically a gateway where networks connect.

2. Hub

Whereas a router is used to connect two or more networks together, a hub is used to connect different parts of an LAN together. A hub has multiple poers so that whenever a data packed arrives at one port, it can be copied and seen by all the other segments of the particlar LAN

3. Switch

The switch is basically the filter on the LAN. It is used primarily to filter and send data between LAN segments.