Help setting up a network -- Please help

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by PlagueWielder, Jan 7, 2003.

  1. Hey
    Im getting a 750kb ADSL in 2 weeks and I have 4 computers at home so Im setting up a home network. I already have all the cables and everything. My question is whether to get a Hub or a Router (and which brand is good).

    Is there a difference in routers or hubs for gaming and dling??

    And I heard that my speed would get divided to all the computers, is that true?? and how can I avoid it??

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

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    Router. If you use a hub one of the computers must act as a router (which means it need two NIC:s and has to be on all the time). A router is much easier. Just plug in and connect the other computers (plus some small configuration of the router). Linksys, Netgear and D-Link are good. The new D-Links have 10/100 Mbps on the WAN port as well (DI-604, DI-704) as opposed to normal 10 Mbps.
    Yes it's true. No you can't. Sorry.

    Hope it helps! :)
     
  3. Tinker

    Tinker Guest

    Zedric is on the money with his responce.

    Here is good reading on Networking to help you get more familiar with the topic......


    Have fun and ask questions, keep us posted on the progress please......

    :happy:
     
  4. thanks

    Im gonna get a router and basically connect everything to it, right?
    is there anything wrong with this setup??

    thanks again
     
  5. sboulema

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    nope nothing wrong. remember that you have to change some settings in the router and in windows. like ip, passwords, and in windows workgroup, printer sharing and shared docs.
     
  6. what do u mean IP's, passwords and settings in the router and windows?? can u explain more about this??

    a freind told me that my main comp (XP PRO) will make a network disk that Ill have to run on every computer and that it will automatically set up my network. is that true??

    now about firewalls, which one should i use?? i know zone alarm isnt very good, and what about the built in one that xp has??

    thanks and sorry for all these questions
     
  7. sboulema

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    dont be sorry to ask questions thats the whole point of the forum. You will have to tell youre router your login name and password your isp gave you. So that the router has a connection to the internet. And yes XP has a wizard which can set evrything up for you and make the disk, but i like to do things myself. And about the firewall. most routers have a built-in firewall, i use norton firewall 2003
     
  8. thanks a lot for all yr help

    btw, is this a good router:

    Linksys EtherFast 4-Port Cable/DSL Router
    Model: BEFSR41 ??
     
  9. Zedric

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    Yes, that router is very popular among the people on this forum, so you can easily get help. It's very easy to set up (like the others I mentioned). I have a D-Link 704P and it took about 5 mins to get going. The Linksys should be in the same league.
     
  10. Grandmaster

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    I believe if you get a switch, then the bandwidth will not get shared between the PC's. I could be wrong though..
     
  11. Zedric

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    You are wrong. :)

    What you are thinking about is that a switch has higher throughput than a hub. Therefore the 10 or 100 Mbit won't be shared by the connected computers since the switch can handle more than 10 or 100 Mbit total. Each computer will get 10 or 100 Mbps. In this case it's the bandwidth of the Internet connection. That has to be shared among the computers, there's no way around it.

    Btw, the Linksys BEFSR41 has a built-in 4-port switch.
     
  12. Is that a good or a bad thing?
     
  13. Lithium

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    yup very good im using a Linksys wireless 4 port router and its the easiest thing ive ever setup so your goin to like that i didnt even have to use my isp name on it its really easy to setup took me bout 5 min with the wireless computer also so have fun with it and if you have any problems just lets us know
     
  14. Zedric

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    Good. That makes it possible for you to hook up up to 4 computers to it without additional hubs or switches.
     
  15. Hey
    Im back again.

    Is the D-Link 704P Router good?? My dad was just looking at it so I think it might be this one or the Linksys BEFSR41.

    thanks
     
  16. Zedric

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    Yeah the DI-704P good. Has a nice firewall. Beats the cr*p out of my old Linux router, but that could have been my fault... *whistle*
    My web interface doesn't work most of the time, but I'm having mine replaced and afaik it's not a general problem. I'm happy with it!