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Hub vs. Router: Know the Difference

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By Shumaila Saeed || Updated on December 25, 2023
A hub connects multiple network devices and broadcasts data to all, whereas a router directs data between different networks and manages traffic.
Hub vs. Router

Key Differences

A hub is a basic networking device used to connect multiple computers or devices in a local network, distributing data indiscriminately to all connected devices. A router, on the other hand, intelligently routes data between different networks and can connect multiple devices to the internet.
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Hubs operate at the physical layer of the OSI model, simply repeating signals to all ports, without any data filtering or processing. Routers operate at a higher level, the network layer, and can analyze data packets to determine their destination.
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In a network setup, a hub cannot differentiate between incoming and outgoing traffic, leading to potential data collisions and network inefficiency. Routers efficiently manage traffic, prevent data collisions, and can offer security features like firewalls.
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Hubs are generally used in small, simple networks where data traffic is minimal and security is not a major concern. Routers are essential for larger networks and are used to connect different network segments, manage IP addresses, and provide a gateway to the internet.
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While hubs are less expensive and easier to manage due to their simplicity, routers provide advanced functionality such as DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) for assigning IP addresses and NAT (Network Address Translation) for translating private IP addresses.
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Comparison Chart

Function

Connects network devices, broadcasting data to all
Directs data between different networks, manages traffic
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Operation Layer

Physical layer of OSI model
Network layer of OSI model
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Traffic Management

Cannot differentiate or filter traffic
Efficiently manages and routes traffic
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Use Case

Ideal for small, simple networks
Essential for larger networks, internet connectivity
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Features

Basic, with no data processing
Advanced, with features like DHCP, NAT, and firewalls
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Hub and Router Definitions

Hub

A hub can also refer to the central or main part of something.
The city's main square is the cultural hub of the community.
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Router

Router can refer to a person or thing that routes or directs something.
The logistics company acted as a router for international shipments.
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Hub

In transportation, a hub is a central airport or station.
Chicago's O'Hare Airport is a major international hub.
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Router

In woodworking, a router is a tool used to hollow out an area in hard materials.
He used a router to carve intricate designs into the wooden table.
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Hub

In a wheel, the hub is the central part where spokes meet.
The hub of the bicycle wheel was damaged in the accident.
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Router

Router also implies the function of managing and directing data traffic in a network.
The office's network router was configured to prioritize certain types of traffic.
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Hub

Boston, Massachusetts. Used with the.
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Router

One that routs, especially a machine tool that mills out the surface of metal or wood.
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Hub

The center part of a wheel, fan, or propeller.
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Router

One that routes, especially one who prepares shipments for distribution and delivery.
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Hub

A center of activity or interest; a focal point
Hollywood is the hub of the US movie industry.
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Router

A device in a network that handles message transfers between computers.
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Hub

The central part, usually cylindrical, of a wheel; the nave.
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Router

See gateway.
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Hub

A point where many routes meet and traffic is distributed, dispensed, or diverted.
Hong Kong International Airport is one of the most important air traffic hubs in Asia.
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Router

Someone who routes or directs items from one location to another.
The router directed the movement of the company's trucks.
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Hub

A central facility providing a range of related services, such as a medical hub or an educational hub.
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Router

(telecommunications) Any device that directs packets of information using the equivalent of Open Systems Interconnection layer 3 (network layer) information. Most commonly used in reference to Internet Protocol routers.
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Hub

(networking) A computer networking device connecting several Ethernet ports. See switch.
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Router

(Internet) A device that connects local area networks to form a larger internet by, at minimum, selectively passing those datagrams having a destination IP address to the network which is able to deliver them to their destination; a network gateway.
The router was configured to forward packets outside of a certain range of IP addresses to its internet uplink port.
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Hub

(surveying) A stake with a nail in it, used to mark a temporary point.
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Router

In integrated circuit or printed circuit board design, an algorithm for adding all wires needed to properly connect all of the placed components while obeying all design rules.
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Hub

A male weasel; a buck; a dog; a jack.
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Router

A power tool used in carpentry for cutting grooves.
He made an attractive edge on the table with a router.
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Hub

(US) A rough protuberance or projecting obstruction.
A hub in the road
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Router

A plane made like a spokeshave, for working the inside edges of circular sashes.
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Hub

(video games) An area in a video game from which individual levels are accessed.
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Router

A plane with a hooked tool protruding far below the sole, for smoothing the bottom of a cavity.
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Hub

A goal or mark at which quoits, etc., are thrown.
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Router

To hollow out or cut using a router power tool.
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Hub

A hardened, engraved steel punch for impressing a device upon a die, used in coining, etc.
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Router

A plane made like a spokeshave, for working the inside edges of circular sashes.
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Hub

A screw hob.
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Router

A machine with a rapidly revolving vertical spindle and cutter for scooping out the surface of wood or metal, as between and around the engraved parts of an electrotype.
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Hub

A block for scotching a wheel.
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Router

A worker who routes shipments for distribution and delivery
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Hub

The central part, usually cylindrical, of a wheel; the nave. See Illust. of Axle box.
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Router

(computer science) a device that forwards data packets between computer networks
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Hub

The hilt of a weapon.
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Router

A power tool with a shaped cutter; used in carpentry for cutting grooves
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Hub

A rough protuberance or projecting obstruction; as, a hub in the road. [U.S.] See Hubby.
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Router

A router is a device that forwards data packets between computer networks.
The new router improved our home internet speed significantly.
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Hub

A goal or mark at which quoits, etc., are cast.
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Router

In technology, a router can specifically refer to a wireless internet router.
We installed a high-speed wireless router to cover the entire house.
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Hub

A hardened, engraved steel punch for impressing a device upon a die, used in coining, etc.
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Hub

A screw hob. See Hob, 3.
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Hub

A block for scotching a wheel.
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Hub

The central location within which activities tend to concentrate, or from which activities radiate outward; a focus of activity.
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Hub

A large airport used as a central transfer station for an airline, permitting economic air transportation between remote locations by directing travellers through the hub, often changing planes at the hub, and thus keeping the seat occupancy rate on the airplanes high. The hub together with the feeder lines from remote locations constitute the so-called hub and spoke system of commercial air passenger transportation. A commercial airline may have more than one such hub.
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Hub

The city of Boston, Massachusetts referred to locally by the nickname The Hub.
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Hub

The central part of a car wheel (or fan or propeller etc) through which the shaft or axle passes
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Hub

A center of activity or interest or commerce or transportation; a focal point around which events revolve;
The playground is the hub of parental supervision
The airport is the economic hub of the area
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Hub

A hub is a networking device connecting multiple computers or devices in a LAN.
They used a hub to connect all the office computers.
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Hub

A hub can mean a focal point for activity or interest.
Their home is the hub for family gatherings.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

What is a network hub?

A network hub is a device that connects multiple devices within a local network, broadcasting data to all connected devices.
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Can a router assign IP addresses?

Yes, most routers can assign IP addresses using DHCP.
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What does a router do in a network?

A router directs data traffic between different networks and manages internet connections.
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How do hubs affect network speed?

Hubs can slow down a network by causing data collisions.
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Is a hub a good choice for home internet?

Generally, a router is a better choice for home internet due to its ability to manage traffic.
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Is a hub intelligent in managing data?

No, a hub is not intelligent; it simply repeats data to all connected ports.
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What is NAT in routers?

NAT in routers refers to Network Address Translation, a method for translating private IP addresses.
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Are hubs suitable for large networks?

No, hubs are not ideal for large networks due to their limited functionality.
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Do routers provide security features?

Yes, routers often come with security features like firewalls.
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Are routers more complex than hubs?

Yes, routers are more complex, offering advanced features and management options.
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Can a router connect multiple networks?

Yes, routers can connect and route data between multiple networks.
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Can a hub filter bad data?

No, a hub cannot filter data; it simply repeats all incoming data.
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A hub connects devices by using Ethernet cables to each port.

Do routers support Wi-Fi? Many modern routers support Wi-Fi for wireless network connections.
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Yes, some routers can prioritize data, improving network efficiency.

How does a hub connect devices?
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Is a hub cheaper than a router?

Generally, hubs are cheaper than routers due to their simpler functionality.
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Can a router work as a hub?

Some routers have built-in switch capabilities, functioning similarly to a hub for local devices.
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Do routers need to be configured?

Yes, routers often require configuration for optimal network performance.
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Do hubs have IP addresses?

No, hubs typically do not use IP addresses as they operate at a basic level.
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Are hubs still common in modern networks? Hubs are less common in modern networks, with switches and routers being more prevalent.

Can routers prioritize data?
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