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Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by Antar Bolaeisk, Oct 16, 2007.

  1. Antar Bolaeisk

    Antar Bolaeisk LI Guru Member

    First off, let me preface this by saying I know very little about home networking but am about to jump into the deep end here very shortly.

    We're getting broadband installed from Fastcom, not sure if I'm allowed to post a link or not but let's just say it's an irish company so it's web address identifies it as such.

    What I'm looking for in a network:

    8 access ports (Wired), pretty much one for each room.
    Wireless access
    File/printer sharing among the six computers, five on various editions of XP and one on Vista.
    Internet gaming and gaming between the computers.

    Is all of this possible using a home network or just a pipe dream?
    What sort of hardware should I be looking at?
    I have an oldish pc (No. 7) doing nothing at the minute, would it be best to set this up as a server or is there no need?

    Money, while not an issue is a secondary constraint on the system installed.

    Thank you in advance for any help,

    Antar.
     
  2. jon124

    jon124 LI Guru Member

    shouldn't be any trouble at all, just find a broadband router with a built in access point and 8 ports. or you could go with the WRT54G (access point router, only 4 ports though) and run one of the ports to a switch to give you more ports.
     
  3. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    Know that anything is possible. Just figure out what you want (sounds like your already there) and then figure out what you need to make it happen. Small things you might run into is if you are going to be internet gaming from all machines to the same server, depending on the ports the game uses you can run into issues. Also do you want the gaming machine to have access to the entire network or just part of it, same goes for printer, there are lots and lots of different ways to look at this but you have the basics already straight and thats all that matters, the rest is really fluff and can be changed down the road as necessary.
     
  4. Antar Bolaeisk

    Antar Bolaeisk LI Guru Member

    Thanks for the reply guys, was also doing a bit of research in the mean time and came up with;

    WRT54G

    and

    EZXS88W

    I think these might do the job and judging from what you've told me I seem to be on the right track.

    Thanks for the info jon124 and ifican.

    Antar.
     
  5. jon124

    jon124 LI Guru Member

    yep.


    your cable/dsl modem - WRT54G - ezx - all your computers would work great
     
  6. Antar Bolaeisk

    Antar Bolaeisk LI Guru Member

    Brilliant, thanks for the help and info.
     

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