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  1. 1. Rachel Glynn CSC101 Section 2 1. Kerry, I passed a print out of my diagram in lab on the day of oral presentations. There was one mistake on it, I forgot to include the printer adapter. I saved the diagram to my disk and I went to open it and make the revisions however it isn’t there anymore. This is the adapter I am going to be hooking up to the network. The printer adapter will hook up to the 5Port Switchboard with a CAT5 ethernet cable JetLan3250 10/100 USB Print Server 2a. Home Internet Connection Options • NetZero: $9.95/month (Platinum) -$14.95/month (HiSpeed) “NetZero HiSpeed includes your NetZero Platinum service and requires no cable modems, no DSL lines and no waiting. Get high-speed surfing today - it's available wherever NetZero is.” http://my.netzero.net/s/signup? r=platinum • Juno: ($9.95/month) “Juno SpeedBand is an exciting new product from Juno that accelerates your Web surfing experience using your existing phone jack and modem.” http://www.juno.com/ • Verizon, DSL: ($29.95/month) “(DSL) provides high-speed digital modem technology via a conventional telephone line. DSL uses signal frequencies above those used by voice or fax, so the DSL signal does not interfere with telephone conversations or faxes. When a DSL filter is connected to your phone jack, its function is to split the data (Internet) traffic from voice (phone) traffic, and route them separately.” http://www.verizononline.com/?promotion_code=VZBNR/ W28 • MSN: ($21.95/month), dial-up internet access, “Unlimited dial-up access at a great monthly price. All 21 advanced features, including patented junk e-mail protection, e-mail virus protection services, parental controls, rich e-mail, and online bill pay.” http://join.msn.com/? page=dept/dialup&xAPID=571&DI=340&PS=10274&PI=7317&SU=www. msn.com/&HL=LandRIADeals • Earthlink: ($10.97/month), dial-up unlimited internet access
  2. 2. “EarthLink delivers fast, reliable connections you can count on. Faster dial- ups and fewer drop-offs. Because we connect you to the Internet with fewer pop- up ads and tools to reduce spam.” http://www.earthlink.net/home/dial/earthlink/ • AT&T Broadband: ($19.95/month) “With this simple yet powerful technology, you get high-speed Internet access over your existing phone line. There's virtually no waiting to get connected to the Websites you're looking for. You enjoy the freedom to talk on the phone at the same time you or someone else in your home is online.” http://www.att.net/dsl/index.html?6660 • SBC/Yahoo: ($21.95/month), “SBC Yahoo! DSL lets your get more of what you want from the Web. It's fast. It's friendly. And it's loaded with innovative features that are built for broadband and let you customize your online experience.” http://promo.yahoo.com/sbc/dial/index.html Of these options, AT&T Broadband is most ideal for my family. First of all, we were sick of the slow response times that we had with our previous internet provider, America Online. Broadband will provide my family with fast response times when using the internet. Secondly, my father is an engineer and is constantly downloading large files. Broadband will give us faster download speeds for his large files, containing lots of information, such as software, digital photo and music files. Third, Broadband is more convenient than dial up services such as AOL, NetZero, Yahoo or MSN because we won’t have to wait for the modem to dial up. Also, my family doesn’t want to tie up our phone line or go through the hassle of installing another phone line. All three computers on our network have advanced-gaming options and with Broadband you can enjoy playing high-bandwidth interactive Internet gaming. 2b. Why Dell Computers? I chose to buy all three of my computers from Dell because my family’s most recent computer was bought through Dell and we have had no problems. We have found that Dell provides the best technical support above Macintosh and Gateway (we owned a computer from each of these brands in the past). Computers: *note-the price posted on the Dell website of the three computers seemed to vary every few days . Inspiron 8500- ($1,838) http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx? c=us&cs=19&kc=6V939&l=en&oc=8500CS&s=dhs
  3. 3. I chose the Inspiron 8500 because it will be my family’s only notebook therefore I wanted the top of the line. My family has demanding media needs between my mother’s photo editing, my brother’s gaming and my music and video downloads. The Inspiron 8500 is perfect because it is a “multi-media powerhouse” and is sure to meet all of my family’s media needs. The other notebook I was considering was Latitude X200 because it was said that “Latitude notebooks are the best mobile solution for wired or wireless networked environments.” Reading this tempted me to go with the Latitude however this chart showed on the dell website how many more features the Inspiron 8500 offers for the mere difference of $50. (http://www.dell.com/us/en/dhs/topics/nntopic_compare_inspn.htm) Digital imaging/photography, movie viewing, digital audio, intense gaming, cutting edge graphics, and digital video editing are just some of the features that the Inspiron 8500 offers (all which the Latitude X200 does not.) The Inspiron 8500 also has integrated 10/100 Ethernet for convenient broadband and network connections for advanced internet access. “10/100 Ethernet means that the computer motherboard contains all the components necessary to support 10/100 Ethernet. The advantage of integrated Ethernet solutions is that they do not take up a PCI slot.” Operating system: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition- “the home version of the world’s favorite software.” Hardware/Peripherals: Memory-256 MB DDR SDRAM standard, upgradeable to 2 GB max Processors-Mobile Intel Pentium 4 processor-M at 2.2 GHz, On-die 512 KB cache (L2), 3 KB internal cache (L1), 400 MHz Pentium 4-M external BUS frequency and Intel 845MP Chipset Storage- Floppy Drive: Modular/External USB floppy drive Hard Drive: 60 GB3 Ultra ATA hard drive, 16 MB USB Memory Key Speakers-Integrated stereo sound Displays- Dell Ultrasharp 15.4 inch Wide-Aspect UltraSharpTM TFT Active Matrix displays in a choice of WXGA (1280x800), WSXGA+ (1680x1050), or WUXGA (1920x1200) Dimension 8250-($1,887) http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx? c=us&cs=19&kc=6V699&l=en&oc=825XPU&s=dhs I chose the Dimension 8250 because of its advanced multimedia options. It is described as “the ultimate in multimedia options for realistic, theater-quality video and sound.” This computer will be my family’s main computer therefore I want it to be the top of the line. The speed of the computer is also very important. The
  4. 4. Dimension 8250 is “powered by the fastest Intel Pentium with 4 processors.” Memory is another important component because we will be running multiple programs at once. The Dimension comes with DDR SDRAM memory which “efficiently deals with greater levels of activity.” Computers in my family are mostly used for entertainment and multimedia purposes therefore the features that the Dimension offers such as digital imaging/photography, digital video editing, digital audio, intense gaming, voice recognition, advanced multimedia, and cutting edge graphics will be ideal for my family. Voice recognition, advanced multimedia and cutting edge graphics are unique to the Dimension 8250. Both of my brothers are computer whizzes therefore they will get use out of the Dimension’s advanced features. This chart illustrates the superiority of the Dimension 8250. http://www.dell.com/us/en/dhs/topics/nntopic_compare_dimen.htm Hooking the Dimension 8250 up to my network will be simple because it comes with Integrated Intel Pro 10/100 Ethernet. This means that “the computer motherboard contains all the components necessary to support 10/100 Ethernet. The advantage of integrated Ethernet solutions is that they do not take up a PCI slot.” Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Hardware/Peripherals: Memory- Dual Channel PC1066 RDRAM- 128 MB Processors- Intel Pentium 4 processor with Hyper-Threading Technology at 3.06 GHz with 533MHz system bus, ® Intel 850E chipset Storage- Hard Drive: Up to 200 GB2 ATA/100 hard drive Keyboard- Dell QuietKey Keyboard Mouse- DellTM 2-button Scroll Mouse speakers- harman/kardon HK-206 Speakers Monitor- 17" E772 Monitor Dimension 4550- ($1,247) http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx? c=us&cs=19&kc=6V355&l=en&oc=455PSW&s=dhs The last computer I purchased was a Dimension 4550. This computer meets all of my family’s basic multimedia needs such as digital imaging/photography, digital video editing, digital audio, intense gaming and broadband internet. The Dimension 4550 contains all components necessary to support 10/100 Ethernet. Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Hardware/Peripherals: Memory: 128MB DDR SDRAM at 333MHz
  5. 5. Processors: Pentium® 4 Processor at 2.53GHz w/533MHz front side bus/ 512K L2 Cache Hard Drive: 60GB Ultra ATA/100 7200RPM Hard Drive Keyboard: Dell QuietKey Keyboard Mouse: Dell 2-button scroll mouse Speakers: Harman Kardon HK-395 Speakers w/ Subwoofer Monitor: 17 in (16.0 in viewable,.27dp) E772 Dell A490 Printer- ($139) http://www.dell.com/us/en/dhs/products/series_printer_snp.htm With the Dimension 4550 I purchased the Dell A490 Printer. I chose this printer because it offers “high-resolution printing, high-performance scanning and PC- free color copying all in one unit.” Since there are three computers that will be running off of this one printer, printing speed is crucial. The Dell A490 Printer can print up to 17 pages per minute (black) and 12 pages per minute (colored.) It prints, scans and copies photos and graphics with brilliant photo-quality color. Operating System Requirements-Compatible only with Windows XP or 2000, USB Cable Required, Media type-plain paper, matte paper, glossy photo, transparencies, Printer type-All-in-One, inkjet, color, Max Resolution (Color)-4800 x 1200 dpi, Media Path Type- straight, media sizes- letter, legal, B5, A4, exec, A5, A6, postcard (4”x 6”), index card (3”x 5”), Hagaki card, L, 2L, custom size (8½" x 19" max area) banner. 2c. URL for downloading a Driver http://web.ask.com/redir?bpg=http%3a%2f%2fweb.ask.com%2fweb%3fq%3dwhat%2bis%2ba%2bprint %2bDriver%253f%26o%3d0&q=what+is+a+print+Driver%3f&u=http%3a%2f%2ftm.wc.ask.com%2fr%3ft %3dan%26s%3da%26uid%3d283808dce83808dce%26sid%3d383808dce83808dce%26qid %3d00E88B7897A4674AA18CFF6BCD49BE60%26io%3d2%26sv%3dza5cb0db6%26ask%3dwhat%2bis %2ba%2bprint%2bDriver%253f%26uip%3d83808dce%26en%3dte%26eo%3d-100%26pt%3dPrint %2bDriver%2bDetails%26ac%3d6%26qs%3d0%26pg%3d1%26u%3dhttp%3a%2f %2fwww.myorderdesk.com%2fPrintDriverUse_help.asp&s=a&bu=http%3a%2f%2fwww.myorderdesk.com %2fPrintDriverUse_help.asp 2d. There are 3 possible connection media that I considered for my home. They were Wireless, Phoneline, and Ethernet.
  6. 6. Wireless was one option. However, I opted against wireless because mobility and “anytime, anywhere” internet access isn’t important to my family therefore we weren’t willing to pay more for it. Also, wireless networking is slower, not always compatible with other wireless devices, physical obstructions interfere, there are computer security risks and it can be expensive and difficult to set up. In order to preserve privacy of files on your computer, more firewalls must be set up which is more complicated and expensive. How it works: “Wireless is a relatively new way of connecting PCs together. It works similar to the way a cordless telephone works. The type of wireless technology Linksys uses, called 802.11b, is a well-adopted standard. 802.11b is a technical term that describes the way that data (communication) is passed throughout your network. This technology connects PCs together without wires. Wireless networks are currently the fastest growing type of networks because you can set them up without running cables between your computers. Wireless networks allow you to maintain access to the Internet and the rest of your network, even while you roam around your house. This solution is easier than the wired (called Ethernet) solution when the computers are far apart from each other or from the cable modem.” Equipment Needed: 1. A Wireless Network Access Point for your home network 2. One Ethernet (CAT5) cable 3. A wireless network adapter for each additional computer you are adding to your home network 4. Print server 5. IP Addresses (Internet Protocol Addresses) for each additional computer Wireless Network Access Point 802.11b $84.99 Acts as the central point for home network Price: http://www.linksys.com/attbroadband/att_wired.asp Image: http://www.linksys.com/attbroadband/images/1278842md.gif Ethernet Cat5 cable $5.99 Connects the cable modem to the Wireless Network Access Point Price: http://www.linksys.com/attbroadband/att_wired.asp Image: http://www.linksys.com/attbroadband/images/915629md.gif
  7. 7. Wireless Adaptor 802.11b $64.99 The computer hooked up to your existing high-speed Internet service already has one. There are three different types of network adapters - the type you need depends on whether the additional PCs are desktops or laptops and how you want to connect to them. Price: http://www.linksys.com/attbroadband/att_wired.asp Image:http://www.linksys.com/attbroadband/images/1278846md.gif JetLan3250 10/100 USB Print Server $74.99 The JetLan3250 10/100 USB Print Server allows you to connect your USB printer to a network without a dedicated PC print server. By supporting multiple servers and protocols, the JetLan3250 allows you to print from any computer to any USB printer on the network. This eliminates the need to place your printer right next to your workstation or file server. Price: http://www.cablestogo.com/product.asp?cat%5Fid=816&sku=28802 Image: http://www.cablestogo.com/assets/product_images/28802.jpg Phoneline Networking: it uses your existing phonelines to connect your computers. If your computers are set up close to phone jacks, it is easy to set up because it doesn’t require new cabling in your home. It runs at a moderate speed, however the speed may vary depending on what HPNA version you have. The most common version HPNA 2.0 runs at a speed of 10Mbs. The old standard, HPNA 1.0, runs at 1Mbs. The newest version, HPNA 3.0 (released in 2002) takes the speed up to 100Mbs. Its price is in the moderate category because it is more expensive then Ethernet and less expensive then wireless. This dial up service ranges roughly from $15-20/month. Some phoneline service providers include Bell South, Verizon, Earthlink and SBC. Equipment needed:
  8. 8. HPNA network adapters- they sit between your phone jack and the wall. Adapters come in both PCI and USB versions. “A PCI adapter is going to be less expensive and will provide a little better performance - however, it will require you to open your computer. USB to PhoneLine Network adapters plug into an USB port on your computer so setup is a snap. USB adapters are low voltage items so no external power supplies are needed. They have two jacks so that computers and HPNA enabled peripherals can be daisy chained together. No hubs or switches are necessary.” Link Lights- small indicator lights located on most HPNA adapters, which flash when your network is connected correctly. “Often these lights will not come on until your computer has the proper network drivers installed.” Standard Phone lines- these are used to make the connections between computers Network Driver- unique to each OS and network care, must be installed on your computer in order for your network to run HomeLink Phoneline 10 M USB Network Adapter $59.95 Connecting your home network has never been easier! Now Linksys offers instant connectivity to multiple PCs over your home's existing telephone lines. You can network any USB-equipped Windows 98, ME or 2000 computer by connecting it to any phone line-- and there's no extra hardware to install. Price: http://www.linksys.com/Products/product.asp?grid=28&prid=143 Image: http://www.linksys.com/Products/image180/usb200ha.jpg 50 ft. Four-Wire Round Cord (standard phone cables) $2.91 http://web.ask.com/redir?bpg=http%3a%2f%2fweb.ask.com%2fweb%3fq %3dwhere%2bcan%2bi%2bfind%2ba%2bpicture%2bof%2ba%2bstandard %2btelephone%2bcable%253f%26o %3d0&q=where+can+i+find+a+picture+of+a+standard+telephone+cable%3f&u=http %3a%2f%2ftm.wc.ask.com%2fr%3ft%3dan%26s%3da%26uid %3d28380528e8380528e%26sid%3d38380528e8380528e%26qid %3d132C80B7976F8C4C93AABF318F5D0CC8%26io%3d2%26sv%3dza5cb0dee %26ask%3dwhere%2bcan%2bi%2bfind%2ba%2bpicture%2bof%2ba%2bstandard %2btelephone%2bcable%253f%26uip%3d8380528e%26en%3dte%26eo %3d-100%26pt%3dSTEREN_Telephone_Cable%26ac%3d24%26qs%3d0%26pg %3d1%26u%3dhttp%3a%2f%2fwww.123av.com%2fstore %2fSTEREN_Telephone_Cable.asp&s=a&bu=http%3a%2f%2fwww.123av.com %2fstore%2fSTEREN_Telephone_Cable.asp
  9. 9. Wired Networking Ethernet networking is the fastest network type running at 10-100Mbs as compared to WiFi wireless Ethernet and Phonline (up to 10Mbs.) How it works: Wired networking uses a common cabling called Ethernet. Ethernet is the most popular networking standard in use today. Wired (Ethernet) networks are generally the fastest networks. However, as technology has advanced the gap in speed continues to close. “Because Ethernet is so popular and simple, the essential components of Ethernet networking are easily available and inexpensive. Wired networks require special cabling, but this type of wiring is easy to set up. This cabling is called UTP Category 5 or CAT 5 for short. Using this cable, you will connect all your PCs to the central point of your network, called a switch. “ Equipment Needed: 1) One EtherFast 10/100 5-Port Workgroup Switch 2) A wired (Ethernet) network adapter for each additional computer you are adding to your home network 3) Print Server 4) One Ethernet (CAT5) cable for each computer you are connecting 5) IP Addresses (Internet Protocol Addresses) for each additional computer that you are adding to your home network. EtherFast 10/100 5-Port Workgroup $34.99 This switch will act as the central point for your new home network. Price: http://www.linksys.com/attbroadband/att_wired.asp Image:http://www.linksys.com/attbroadband/images/1278840md.gif Etherfast 10/100 LAN Card $19.99 This is used for desktop computers and is installed in the inside of the computer. (*the three computers I purchased have 10/100 Ethernet which means that the computer’s motherboard already contains all the components necessary to support Ethernet) Price: http://www.linksys.com/attbroadband/att_wired.asp
  10. 10. Image:http://www.linksys.com/attbroadband/images/1278831md.gif EtherFast 10/100 Integrated PC Card $34.99 This adapter is specially designed for laptop computers . It slides into the side of your laptop through the PCMCIA slot Price:http://www.linksys.com/attbroadband/att_wired.asp Image: http://www.linksys.com/attbroadband/images/1278832md.gif Linksys 10-Ft. UTP Cat 5 Ethernet Patch Cable $5.99 You will need these cables to connect the switch to each additional computer via the network adapters once they are installed. You will also need an Ethernet cable to connect the switch to your modem. Price: http://www.linksys.com/attbroadband/att_wired.asp Image: http://www.linksys.com/attbroadband/images/915629md.gif JetLan3250 10/100 USB Print Server $84.99 The JetLan3250 10/100 USB Print Server allows you to connect your USB printer to a network without a dedicated PC print server. By supporting multiple servers and protocols, the JetLan3250 allows you to print from any computer to any USB printer on the network. This eliminates the need to place your printer right next to your workstation or file server price: http://www.cablestogo.com/product.asp?cat%5Fid=816&sku=28802 Image: http://www.cablestogo.com/assets/product_images/28802.jpg
  11. 11. Why Wired Networking? I chose a wired (Ethernet) network because I feel that it will work best for my family for three reasons. First and foremost, it is less expensive then WiFi wireless ethernet and Phoneline HPNA 2.0. It will provide fast communication between our computers. Ethernet networking is the fastest network type running at 10-100Mbs as compared to WiFi wireless Ethernet and Phoneline (up to 10Mbs.) Also, it will be very easy to hook up because two of my family’s three computers are desktops that are located in the same room. Our third computer, which is a laptop computer, is usually used in the same room as the desktops. 2e. Expected cost Network Equipment Price Inspiron 8500 $1,838 Dimension 8250 $1,887 Dimension 4550 $1,247 Dell A490 Printer $139 EtherFast 10/100 5-Port Workgroup Switch $34.99 3 Linksys 10-Ft. UTP Cat 5 Ethernet Patch Cable $17.97 $74.99 Print Server AT&T Broadband for 1 Year $239.40 Total $5,478.35 *There will be no installation fees because this equipment (when ordered from AT&T Broadband) comes with a “step-by-step installation guide and a 24-hour toll free number provided by Linksys, where you can get all the support you need to set up your network.” Expected Speed My network should be extremely fast. Ethernet networking is the fastest network type running at 10-100 Mbs. It is very reliable and won’t be slowed down by blocked frequencies(such as wireless) or slow dial up time (such as phoneline networking). AT&T is the most popular and reliable internet connection in my hometown. I can also chose to speed up my network by purchasing additional IP addresses(Internet Protocol Addresses) to each computer in my network. 4. I’ve included two graphs that prove that DSL provides better performance and is a more reliable connection than cable modem services.
  12. 12. a) This graph shows the overall performance of three connection media types, HiCap, DSL and Cable. “DSL offers better performance for nearly all users.” b) This graph shows the overall availability. “These results are summarized in Figure 5 (the graph below), which clearly shows that DSL provides a more reliable connection than cable.”
  13. 13. (Both graphs attained from) http://www.avoka.com/resources/keynote/Analysis_of_Broadband_Performance.pdf 5. For now, I have only purchased one “real” IP address for my network to keep the cost down. I was able to due this due to the multi-port router, which splits the signal between all three computers of my network. However, I plan to add an an IP address for each additional computer in my network. If each computer has its own IP address it will improve the speed and efficiency of the internet. 6. Akornn Inc. Home Network Installer URL using domain name:http://www.fhome.com/member/3966/ URL using IP address: 7.The first step I took to researching setting up my own home network was studying the different types of networks. I thoroughly researched three types: Wireless, Ethernet and Phoneline. I used three main search engines while researching; Google, Alta Vista and Ask Jeeves (when I found myself really desperate.) Though in usual web searches the commercial adds are no more than an inconvenience, in this case, they were where I got a large portion of my
  14. 14. information from in regards to price and function of the equipment. However, I did not use commercial sites when comparing and contrasting the different Internet providers because I knew that the information is biased and may be skewed. A lot of my initial research was done in articles that reviewed different network products and network servers. I did find a lot of sites that were designed by amateurs who were just computer whizzes, or so they thought. I knew that although it was tempting to use their information, that I didn’t have the background in networking to filter out what was inaccurate. 8. networking group:comp.hardware group:comp.hardware http://groups.google.com/groups? q=networking+group:comp.hardware&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&group=comp.hardwa re&selm=e525ea2b.0207210246.1a52320%40posting.google.com&rnum=2 From: Chris P. (netware@techie.com) Subject: New Awesome Networking Site - www.Firewall.cx Newsgroups: comp.hardware This is the only article in this thread Date: 2002-07-21 03:46:44 PST View: Original Format Greetings All, I would like to invite you all to a new site that's dedicated to Networking ! At Firewall.cx you will find information that covers LAN's, WAN's, Protocols such as IP, DNS, FTP, ICMP e.t.c, Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Routers, Firewalls, Security, IP Routing and alot more, including a wide range of cool networking software, documents and projects for you to download from. There is over 140 pages of cool networking material, all original and more than 150 MB of downloads for you ! King Regards, Webmaster. networking group:comp.hardware group:comp.hardware group:comp.hardware http://groups.google.com/groups? q=networking+group:comp.hardware+group:comp.hardware&start=10&hl=en&lr= &ie=UTF-8&group=comp.hardware&selm=t5nhlu0fiehl7hjroivtg8jqo3r1bjqh2q %404ax.com&rnum=20
  15. 15. From: Ron Cook (roncook@bellatlantic.net) Search Result 20 Subject: Re: DSL modem and networking Newsgroups: comp.hardware View: Complete Thread (2 articles) Date: 2002-08-13 03:50:45 PST Original Format On 12 Aug 2002 19:56:32 -0700, supposei@yahoo.com (the show) wrote: >I just got my SBC DSL modem. I've attempted to connect it to my >network in my house. I've connected it to my router, which goes to my >hub. I can't seem to get any of the computers on the network to >access the internet. Drop me a line at ----> the_show@ureach.com > >Thanks Post here. Read here. The purpose of the newsgroups is to not just help one individual but to allow the people who read and never post the opportunity to receive help as well. The easiest method to get your DSL modem and router to feed your network: Enable DHCP in the router. You can allow the router to use its entire pool of available addresses for DHCP or, as many users do, set aside a block of ten to twenty addresses that the DHCP server can use. Set your PCs to use DHCP. This allows the PCs to obtain the required information from the router: IP address, DNS server information, gateway IP address. You may need to reboot the PCs after these changes. Unless you're running specific services on your machines for which you need static IP addresses, DHCP is your easiest method. Ron n1zhi roncook@bellatlantic.net www.n1zhi.org Real programmers hand-code their JPEGs. networking group:comp.hardwaregroup http://groups.google.com/groups? q=networking+group:comp.hardware+group:comp.hardware+group:comp.hardware&start=20&hl=en &lr=&ie=UTF-8&group=comp.hardware&selm=SjYD1.12636%24hr3.5905361%40news.rdc1.bc.wave.h ome.com&rnum=28 From: Marco (mafrica@home.com)
  16. 16. Subject: Re: Is Ethernet as easy as it sounds? Newsgroups: alt.comp.hardware, comp.hardware, View: Complete Thread (6 articles) comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.networking Original Format Date: 1998/08/23 Search Result 28 Villa Fiori wrote in message <35E0440C.2CE1@earthlink.net>... >I manage a small office - we are looking in to a small network for three >PC's. I have a VERY small amount of information about ethernet cards >and hubs. It looks pretty easy. Can someone give me information about >ease of installation, management, possibly links to informational >sites...or if you have information on other network systems that might >fit our needs better, any info at all would be appreciated for a *very* >new user with relatively little IT experience. > >L. Fiori I've just networked my office with 3 pc's w/ Ethernet . It's extremely simple, and I can understand aprehension, as the first time for doing anything can seem awkward. Here is how to do it with a hub, I would recomend a hub as it is easier to troubleshoot if a connection is bad. As well for a beginer peer to peer networking is the simplest. 1. Buy a 4-8 port hub (depending how much you would like to expand your office network in the future) 2. Buy 3 ethernet cards 3. Buy enough cable for the whole thing (make sure the cable matches your type of cards/hub, the cables connect to the hub like an occtopus (the hub) and the cables (the tenticales) connecting to the computer. 4. Install the Ethernet Cards in the computers (Win95 will detect them you pop in the disk and your done) 5. Connect the cables to the Hub and to the cards. 6. In Win95 open the "Properties" for the Network Neighborhood. Click -> "Add" -> "Protocol" -> "Microsoft" -> "NetBEUI" 7. Repeat step 6 except instead of "NetBeui" use "IPx/Spx" 8. Make sure you do steps 4-7 on all your computers, and voila
  17. 17. your networked! marco mafrica mafrica@home.com