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Which is better ? Splitting Broadband with router or server + hub.  Benifits of each?

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Hi Guys, I know I will get some good answers to my question so I am posting it in this forum.

My friends are setting up a network in their house. There is much debate about the set-up of this network.

The main purpose of the network is to split a broadband internet connection 3 ways.

Which would be better:

Using a separate SERVER + HUB combination. Internet to server, then to hub, then to computers. The server will have a firewall etc etc.  Is the server hub combination equivalent to a router?

OR:

Using a single ROUTER, split the internet to the 3 computers.

They also want to share printers, and files across this network.

Any suggestions,  or improvements to either of these ideas?

Thanks for your help

PS, NO WIRELESS :)
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