Don't throw out that hub!

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 14 March 2012 / Last Updated on 7 July 2011]

Why you should think twice about throwing out those old Ethernet hubs once you've replaced them with shiny new Ethernet switches.

Most small to mid-sized companies have ripped out their old Ethernet hubs by now and replaced them with cheap, unmanaged Ethernet switches (or more expensive managed switches if they have enough budget room).  But does this mean those old hubs are useless and should be thrown out?

Not necessarily! Hubs still have a niche usage in networking environments, specifically for when you need to troubleshoot performance problems using network analysis.  If you don’t have managed switches, or switches that are capable of replicating traffic, then those old hubs can be useful for capturing & analyzing network traffic using tools like Microsoft Network Monitor. 

So guard those old hubs jealously and don't let anyone chuck them out!

Mitch Tulloch is a seven-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization. For more tips by Mitch you can follow him on Twitter or friend him on Facebook.

 

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see www.mtit.com .

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