From what I've read on the internet, this is what I understand about the difference between the 2:

One communication at a time
Send data out to all computers
Don't need configuring (plug & Play)

More expensive
Many comms at a time
Send data where it's supposed to go

If I had a home network which contained 4 PCs and potentially a Laptop when I buy one, and I want to play games over the network, usefile and print servers and internet proxys, I am correct in assuming a switch would be better for my needs, yes? However, do they require configuration, or can they be Plug & Play as well?

(I would appreciate a speedy and easy to understand answer, I'm gonna go buy either a hub or a switch tomorrow!!!) [Posted Sunday 20th Jan, 2002]