Hub is a device through which multiple computers can be connected on a network and can share information. It connects computers and as well as other devices like printer, scanner etc on a local area client/server network. Cable is the means to connect the network cards of each device one wants to connect to the ports on the hub. Different types of Hubs are available in the market, out of which Ethernet hub is the most common one. It connects computers without internet connection but in order to use internet connection user need to have a router or a switch.

If we compare Hub with the present scenario, it’s like a worn-out technology which fails to meet the user’s need. In a network hub both parties can’t communicate at the same time. Basically it is used in a very small network with one or two computers and a printer/scanner. With the increase in number of computers its versatility will decrease as the computers in the network will not be able to communicate to and fro. So to get best out of a network, its best suggested using a router in case there are more than four communicating devices in a network. Multiple users can communicate each other and can share information through a router.

In order to create a network hub, one needs to have a hub, more than two computers/communicating devices, router to connect to the internet (optional), network cables and a blank disk. Following are some steps to create a network hub with or without internet access:

To create a network hub without Internet Access:

Step 1

First of all make sure that the computers you want to connect to the network are off. Turn on the hub by connecting one end of the power adapter to the Hub and other to the electric outlet.

Step 2

Next, turn on the computers you need to connect and then connect the hub with a computer through the network cable by inserting one end of the cable to one of the numbered ports on the back side of the hub and plug-in the other end to the computer’s network jack. Repeat the same process to the remaining computers you want to connect. If it’s done accurately green light will come on the hub the time you connect each computer.

To create a network hub with Internet Access:

Step 1

First of all make sure that the computers you want to connect to the network are off. To create a network hub with Internet access in it, you will need a router along with a network hub. Turn on the hub by connecting one end of the power adapter to the Hub and other to the electric outlet. Same process will be applied to turn on the router.

Step 2

Now plug one-end of the network cable in hub’s uplink port ant other end at router’s uplink port. (Note: If your router has got only one port then use the LAN port and don’t forget to set the switch to crossover positioned at the back side of the router.)

Step 3

Next, turn on the computers you need to connect and then connect the hub with a computer through the network cable by inserting one end of the cable to one of the numbered ports on the back side of the hub and plug-in the other end to the computer’s network jack. If it’s done accurately green light will come on the hub the time you connect the computer. Repeat the same process to the remaining computers you want to connect.

Step 4

Now to get access to Internet Windows need to be configured of each computer you connected to the network. First make sure that the devices are well connected and turned on.