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Hub Sold as "Switch"

A coworker of mine told me that you have to be careful when you purchase a switch these days because manufactures will label a simple Layer 1 hub as a "switch" in an effort to improve sales.  I'm skeptical.  Is he correct?
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I have NEVER seen this happen. Not to mention that to do so would almost certainly contravene your local advertising laws by selling a product that does not operate as described. If this actually does happen you could probably make enough from suing them to buy yourself a very nice layer 3 switch :o)
Don JohnstonInstructorCommented:
>If this actually does happen you could probably make enough from suing them to buy yourself a very nice layer 3 switch

Good luck with that.

I have run across hubs sold as switches and switches sold as hubs. It's one of the reasons to beware of the really low-end products.
Most of the small office switches sold today are actual 'switches'. The Hub/Switch wordplay was when 100mb first came out. You would see advertisments for a 10/100 switch, when actually the only switching that was performed was between the 10mb and 100mb backplane on the device. I still find myself reading the fine print on todays stuff however ...
jdanaAuthor Commented:
When you're reading the fine print, do you look for "layer 2 switch"?  Or, do you simply try to avoid a "10/100 switch"?  Or, is there another telling phrase that you might look for?
Was really just joking about the 'old' days about the fine print. Even then, most of the time price would tell you if it was a true switch or not. Nowadays, If you stay with the name brands: Cisco, Linksys, DLink, Netgear ect.. I don't think you'll be able to find a 'hub' anymore anyway. Like donjohnston said, it's the low-end 'never heard of' brands you have to shy away from. One dead giveaway however would be if the unit only had one 'collision' indicator light on it. Ironically, I find it harder to find a true 'hub'. We use small hubs for troubleshooting in the field. Packetsniffing is easiest with a hub and my old stockpile is dwindling...... :)

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