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new home network:what do you recommend?


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mcb

a friend of mine wants to network at least 2 PCs and a laptop to his cable modem.

he has an old extra PC to act as a server, either that or use a router.

what would you recommend be done? either from above, or that of your own?

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PM5K

If you used one computer as the server, you'd need three or four network cards in it, you'd be better off using a router, it would be cheaper and less to have to deal with.

You could also connect the computers together with crossover cables, but you would still need at least four, or five NICS, depending on how you connect the modem.

Get a router.

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Tamade

At home you don't really need anything special. Just get a simple router: Linksys, D-Link or NetGear. Connect each of your computers and you?re done. Don't really need a server unless you like the aspect of having one.

Not forgetting to mention you need your NIC?s for each computers.

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Vlad

Cable modem -> Old computer as a gateway -> Hub -> Computers

Gateway will need 2 NIC's, Comptuers will need one apiece, cheap hubs retail for 40ish (or less). And you get the supreme joy of bragging how you have your own gateway/server/whatever.

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Ren (Killshot)

UM? Cable modem??

does he get free ip's off his internet provier? then fine use a router, if not he's gonna have 2 use that server as a dhcp, buy a cheap hub and either install ics on there or install a proxy

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Ren (Killshot)

really I thought a router worked of mac address???

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vincent_inactive

For learning experience & flexibility, I would recommend running a linux firewall + router behind the cable modem. It might be time consuming but it is all worth it in the end. :)

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