View Full Version : First time network needs help
04-12-2001, 01:16 PM
Ok, so technically it isn't a network yet since I haven't done anything...but that is where I need help. I'm not really sure how to go about doing it. What I'm basically trying to do is network only 2 computers and a laptop now, with another computer coming later this year.
Obviously, this isn't very hard, but I have never done it so I don't know what to buy. I want something that will be fast and hassle-free. Once I purchase the hardware I don't think I'll have that difficult of a time, since there are many places on the net that show you how to set up networks. However, I want to make sure I get the right hardware. Any help would be appreciated.
04-12-2001, 01:42 PM
Network cards for your PCs and laptop. Get PCI cards for the desktops, preferably dual-speed (10/100Mbps) which allow for flexibility in case you take the PC to another network. Linksys makes decent cards, they're good for home use--don't spend all the extra dough on a 3Com, not worth it for what you're doing IMHO.
An ethernet hub or switch. Switches are better, but cost more. Once again, get a 10/100 auto-sensing model. They're much more flexible, just in case! I have a Linksys 5-port switch at home and I love it. I think they sell around 50 bucks, but you'll need to check it out yourself, I'm feeling particularly lazy right now ;)
Cable. Category 5 (also called "CAT 5") or 5e ethernet cables. I would suggest buying the proper lengths rather than trying to roll your own if you've never done it before. One for each PC, connects from the PC to the switch or hub.
Hope this helps. And if you need any other assistance, just ask!
04-12-2001, 03:08 PM
If your goign to network your house properly (put the wires behind walls) then i would suggest buying a spool of cable and doing it yourself. Its not that hard, and it makes the job easier, unless all the pc's are gonna be in one room.
SMC is also a good brand for Network Interface Cards (NIC).
Linksys makes good hubs and so does Netgear.
Intel makes the best network cards.
Mighty Man is selling them cheap over in for sale forum.
04-12-2001, 04:20 PM
SBP's right those are pretty good cards. I'm currently using one myself. Got it for free too!
04-13-2001, 05:23 AM
Anyone looking to buy any CAT5e cable, Home Depot sells 1000 ft spools for $54.00. It was the cheapest place I found when I ran cable in the house that I just had built. It is "e" rated for slighter fast speed capability (i think 1 gigahertz). I bought two spools and also used for running phone line. I have a on average three jacks in each room containing two runs of CAT5e and one run of coaxial cable.
computergeeks.com is selling a phone-network kit (only 1mbps) for $10 for two pci cards with can run either phone @1mbps or using cat5 @10mbps. Cheaper dirt fix for a network.
[Edited by caddelma on 04-13-2001 at 05:27 AM]
04-16-2001, 01:57 PM
thanks for all the help, i will let you know the results and post my (i'm sure) numerous questions for your viewing please. Thanks again!
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