Hub / Switch Comparison


  • A hub contains multiple ports. When a packet arrives at one port, it is copied to the other ports so that all segments of the LAN can see all packets.
  • Cheap to purchase and install
  • Problem – All devices on the network share the same bandwidth


  • Will look at traffic it receives and based on the destination address it will direct the traffic to the port.
  • Devices don’t share the same bandwidth. The network will not be slowed down.
  • Packet is delivered to address port. Problem – Require additional set-up and expensive to purchase.