Networking solutions

  frankieman 14:26 08 Jul 2003
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I am wanting to connect 3 or 4 PC's together through a networking system on a standard peer to peer network then maybe onto a client/server basis later. Could anyone out there give me some advice on the best network cards, hub and cabling to get at a reasonable price. I would be grateful for any answers on this query....

  Psiman 16:11 08 Jul 2003

4 PCI 10/100 network cards at £5 each. One 10/100 switch for £28 and say £10 for straight through cables. Selecting a switch now instead of a cheaper hub will stand you in better stead when you go client/server. click here then select system components - communication - networking

  frankieman 13:42 14 Jul 2003

Psiman

Are you sure I need Straight through cables and not crossover cable or is that just for Hubs...

  Kitz E Kat 13:50 14 Jul 2003

Crossover cables are for connectiong two computers only, more than that you need a hub,or switch and straight through cables.
If the computers are going to be close together then buy lenghts , if you think they may be on seperate floors ,or at a distance, buy the clable in one length and cut it to size, buy seperate connectors and a crimping tool.
Will work much cheaper in the long run.
Yours
KItz E Kat

  DOZEN 17:22 14 Jul 2003

Sorry if this question has already been delt with
I have just bought a new computer with Windows xp and I would like to use my old machine with windows 98se for backup and extra storage
how do I connect them and set them up
I would like them both to be able to connect to the net via their own moden

many thanks

Tony Baker

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