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NetBEUI on small LAN

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by BigE, May 27, 2004.

  1. BigE

    BigE Network Guru Member

    I have a peer-to-peer, mixed network of Windows XP, 2000, and 98. Everybody on the LAN shares a DSL connection through a BEFSR41 router, and all workstations have Norton Internet security either 2002-2004. I have heard that NetBEUI is faster and more efficient than TCP/IP when used in small networks, so I unbounded TCP/IP from File and Printer sharing and Client for Microsoft Networks and only bound NetBEUI. Everything works fine peer-to-peer file sharing, and everybody can still browse the Internet, with the added bonus of more security theoretically (NetBEUI nonroutable). So my question is, I this really a more efficient configuration than just running TCP/IP as the only protocol. Any opinions or suggestions?? By a small LAN I mean 6-7 workstations, with one workstation as a dedicated file server.
  2. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

  3. BigE

    BigE Network Guru Member

    How do I know if my router (BEFSR41) has Client for Microsoft Networks and File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks binded to the copy of TCP/IP it uses to connect to the Internet.
  4. jdepew

    jdepew Administrator Staff Member Member


    You don't have to worry about your router. The concern about having File/Print Sharing and TCP/IP bound to the same adapter is only applicable when you are using a computer with two NICs to act as the router. In that case, the NIC connected to the cable modem shouldn't have File/Print Sharing bound, but the LAN connected NIC may. Of course, this doesn't really matter since you're using the BEFSR41.

    On your question of a reason to go with NetBUI? Well, I'd ask is there a problem with the way TCP/IP bound File/Print sharing is working for you? Especially with such as small LAN, you're probably not maxing out anywhere near the available bandwidth. Concerning security, even using File and Print sharing with TCP/IP within the LAN, its not 'routable' from outside. The only way you can get in is through a VPN (other security issue notwithstanding). So, you're safe to use either.

    I figure, if it works, keep it, unless there's a cool new feature then break it all you want until it works.

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