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can a win98 machine handle 100Mbps speeds?

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I'm going to buy a ethernet hub for my two win98 PCs that I plan to network together. I have the option of a 10Mbps or a 10/100Mbps router.

I was wondering if a win98 machine can even handle 100Mbps?

I know it depends on the CPU so can anyone give me some guidelines or comments are to wether or not a 10/100 hub is worth it?

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Yes it can all you need is a 10/100 NIC, Network card.  If your going from computer to computer just install both Network cards and buy a cross over cable.  Otherwise you will need to buy a 10/100 hub.
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So why would anyone want a 10Mbps card or hub?

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If you have more then one computer then you need to go with a hub since cross over cable is only for two computers.
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by:franco_a
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Sorry that last Comment was a wrong.  Let me explain, With only two computers it is possible to go with a cross over cable and not a hub, because you only need a hub if you have three or more computer and want to share information between all of them. The whole point of the hub is to connect more computers together.  Do you understand?
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Franco_a, thanks for the comment. I understand the whole hub thing.

My question was why would anyone buy a 10Mbps card or hub instead of a 10/100mbps one if all PCs can handle 100Mbps.
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Its just a money thing.  And since is not that much of a difference, unless you have hundresds of computers. You should always go with a 10/100.  You not only get a faster response and it doesn't hurt your wallet that hard.  If you decide to go with a 10BaseT network, you are going to have to upgrade later on, when you notice a lag, but with 10/100 you have all the bandwith you need and more, especially for only a few computers.
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before 10 mb cards were a LOT cheaper than their 100mb counter parts, nowadays they are basically the same price.
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