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Netgear DS104 4-Port 10/100 Dual Speed Hub with Uplink Button

3.8 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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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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a NETGEAR hub is a simple and affordable way to put a network together. Our family of hubs allows you to select the right number of ports for your current needs, and then expand later by simply connecting to another hub. A dual-speed hub helps you grow from 10 Mbps to 100 Mbps without changing your network. With easy, plug-and-play installation, you will quickly create a network that will allow you to exchange information, share resources and connect to your client or server applications/ Connect to a NETGEAR router to share your cable/DSL broadband connection across with all of you PCs.

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The Netgear DS-104 4-Port 10/100Mbps Dual Speed Hub connects multiple PCs to share printers, files, Internet access, and e-mail communications. You can mix and match 10 and 100 Mbps PCs, servers, and peripherals with this hub, all without any configuration required. The DS100 family combines many capabilities in a compact package and is designed for cost-conscious small-business users.

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.


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Product Dimensions 6.2 x 4.1 x 1 inches
Item Weight 13.9 ounces
Shipping Weight 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B00000J4LQ
Item model number DS-104
National Stock Number 7025-01-508-5009
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3.8 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #658 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Networking Products > Hubs
Date first available at Amazon.com November 15, 2001

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These days, there is almost never a reason to buy a hub... For most applications, everyone should be buying a switch.

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!
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I purchased this hub as part of a network starter kit (2 PCI ethernet cards + hub) and had no problems installing it. I run both Unix/Linux and Windoze machines and wanted all machines to be networked even with a mix of operating systems running at the same time -- and that meant simultaneous internet access, multi-player games, shared printers, etc. Basically, I wanted the network to do everything, so that any family member could sit down at a machine and do what they needed to do.
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.
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I took this hub out of the box, plugged it in, connected it to our internal network and my two PC's about two months ago, and it has worked flawlessly ever since. All without reading the manual! This hub is perfect for me because I occasionally attach a legacy 10Mbps device and don't need more than three ports (other than to link to our existing network).
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.
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This is a network "hub", not to be confused with a network "switch". A switch and a hub basically do the same thing, except a hub sends all traffic through every port whereas a switch is more intelligent and only sends traffic to the port that is required to reach the intended destination. Therefore, a switch almost always provides better performance. A switch is probably what you actually want.

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.
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By A Customer on November 15, 1999
For handling a Netgear router, two machines and a print server, this is the best option for the price. Price aside, a totally dependable product. I expect to see a lot more Netgear equipment in my home. Oh, and the case actually looks nice, unlike 3Com and most other manufacturers' boxes.
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When I first began networking, I was a bit scared. I wasn't quite sure what I was doing, and I was feeling a bit overwhelmed by all of the equipment available to me. All I needed was a simple, inexpensive solution to bring three computers together on one internet connection, and I was utterly confused by everything on the shelves. I concluded that the Netgear DS-104 was the solution for me, and I'm happy to say that my intuition was right.
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...
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