Small network without a fileserver

  questions4u 16:58 05 Feb 2009

I am involved with a small charity with a £6K budget for 3 pcs, 1 laptop and 3 printers. We would like the pcs/laptop to access shared files/programs.
However we have no budget for technical support and have been quoted £2000pa for tech support for a small network. Is there a simple solution without a file server(as this seems to be the costly part to support)

  recap 18:26 05 Feb 2009

An external Hard Drive could be used for file sharing. click here it may help. External hard drives these days are cheap enough even for a 1TB click here
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  dawood 01:52 07 Feb 2009

If you use Microsoft Windows, you can enable file or printer sharing. Maybe the following articles can help, pretty easy:

Simple File Sharing in Windows Vista click here

Password Protected File Sharing in Windows Vista click here

Simple File Sharing in XP click here

Share File with Group and User Permissions in XP Pro click here

  Tech Guy 23:19 09 Feb 2009

£6000 is more than enough for your needs.

Get your 3 PC's and laptop come from the same supplier you woud prob get a discount.

You will only need to buy one printer if you buy a network printer.

If your network is not going to grow past 3 PCs and 1 network printer you could use the router provided by your ISP (as it will have 4 ethernet ports and wireless).

Or if you add a pair of network drives (using 1 for back up) just add a 12 port switch instead of using the isp's router.

Then you could hire a network engineer to come and set it up for you correctly.

And still have quite a bit of spare cash for future upgrades.

  questions4u 20:28 05 Nov 2009


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