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Netgear DS104 4-Port 10/100 Dual Speed Hub with Uplink Button
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- Auto-sensing dual-speed ports
- Full connectivity among devices
- Easy Plus and Play installation
- Compact, sturdy metal case
- Vista network ports with built-in LEDs
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|Dimensions||1 inches x 6.2 inches x 4.1 inches||1.1 inches x 9.3 inches x 4 inches||12 inches x 16 inches x 18 inches||3.75 inches x 12 inches x 6.75 inches|
|Item Package Weight||3.05 pounds||2.91 pounds||0.65 pounds||2.74 pounds|
|Number Of Ports||4||6||4||4|
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Each unit has a built-in self-learning bridge that provides the communications link between the 10 Mbps and 100 Mbps network devices. The intelligent bridge automatically manages network traffic so that 100 Mbps traffic and 10 Mpbs traffic do not unnecessarily crowd each other.
Top Customer Reviews
I just bought for of these for our lab, because nothing beats a hub for allowing you to sniff network traffic when debugging network software.
For someone wanting a REAL hub, the DS104 is a real hub!
The DS-104 hub delivered from the time I installed it until the day I replaced it with a router (RT-314, also from Netgear). Installation was a snap, and as soon as I turned it on, I never had a moment's trouble from the DS-104.
So why did I switch? In two words, performance and price. Although the DS-104 is a fine product, its multiuser performance simply can't compare to a switch (which was built-in to the RT-314 router I replaced it with). I noticed that performance suffered when all of us wanted to use the computers simultaneously, which got me thinking about alternatives to improve performance. I initially intended to replace the DS-104 with a switch. After checking prices, I realized that I could actually purchase a router (switch + hardware firewall) for less than the cost of a switch alone. I eventually went that route, after receiving outstanding service from the DS-104 hub.
So was this purchase a throw-away? Hardly. The DS-104 did what it promised to do, reliably and without fuss. It handles both 10 and 100 Mbps connections transparently, so you don't even need to know the speed of whatever you're connecting. It's well-constructed (metal case instead of plastic) and absolutely reliable. Although I've replaced the DS-104 with a router, I haven't gotten rid of it -- I'm saving it for the day when I need to add several machines to the network and I'm out of ports on my router.
The DS-104 is solid, dependable networking at a very reasonable price. Recommended.
One warning - if you have other Netgear hubs and equipment, keep the power supplies separate. I had a single-speed 100Mbps hub and got the power supplies mixed up. The unit looked like it was working but actually wasn't. The power supplies look similar, the plugs are the same, but I think the current and/or voltages are different.
Other than that, this is a great product. As I said earlier, it just works. When you factor in price, you can't miss.
This hub does exactly what it is supposed to. Every connected device can see the network packets sent by every other connected device, which allows you to analyze the packets if you so choose.
Networking is notorious for giving administrators (And casual users for that matter) massive headaches. I can't say that my networking has been headache-free, but I can say that absolutely none of the headaches stemmed from this hub. It is an absolutely superb product that performs as well as it looks. It's reliable, it's durable... Absolutely everything you need for your simple network can be handled by this bad boy.
If it helps any, the network this hub is functioning on is being served by a Windows 2000-operated machine, with various other computers sharing its resources, including one that's Linux-operated. I'm using Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) and the combination of the two has proven to be fast, simple and reliable. Nothing but the best.
My only nitpick about the hub is that it can be loud. I know that's a rather strange thing to say about a device like this, but it's true. When I transfer large files in-between computers on the network, the little green traffic lights on the front of the hub flash with incredible speed... And for some reason you can hear it. It's similar to the high-pitched frequency your television emits when on mute, only it's pulsating at such a high rate that it almost hurts. If you're planning on using this hub for high local-traffic networks, I'm sure this would get pretty annoying...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good stuff, right here. Been using ethernet hubs for awhile and noticed my connection was getting outrageously slow. Read morePublished on June 4, 2013 by Tyler
This is exactly what we needed to get my computer and printer online and working at the office.Published on January 9, 2007 by Wayne Powell
I've had my DS104 since October of 2001. It has worked in a multidude of different situations and has always performed flawlessly. Read morePublished on August 27, 2006 by David Nezelek
They claim this product ships in 3-5 days. It doesn't. It doesn't even ship after the extra 3-5 days for super saving shipping. Read morePublished on November 6, 2005 by Peter Lindstrom
If you are using just a single hub you probably won't have any problems.
If you plan on daisy-chainging them together, you will run into an issue where the hubs must be reset... Read more
I have tried to set up this hub with my home cpu and laptop and with no luck so far. I am using windows xp on both cpu's and I am getting frustrated with the whole thing, I am... Read morePublished on November 27, 2003 by Randy
I hooked this up to my xbox so I could play system link up to 4 xboxs and 4 tvs of course. We played and it was the best time we. Read morePublished on January 25, 2003 by Kevin Reilly