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By cyberghost_1 ·
Here is the setup...3 PC's, PC1 is going to be the Server, having the programs that are going to be used by the other 2 PC's. Since there isn't going to be an Internet connection for another week or so, what would be the best way to set the network? i.e...PC1 (Server) adding a PCI 10/100 Ethernet Card with 2 ports, (MB has onboard Ethernet) so PC's 2 and 3 connect directly to the Server? Or using a Switch? Since there is no Internet yet could I use a NetGear 4 Port Router? (1 WAN for conn. to Modem, plus 4 ports) At the moment I don't have a Switch, but I have the Router, what would be the difference if I add the 2 port Ethernet Card to the Server (PC1) and connect the other 2 PC's to it directly? At least I nead to connect one PC to the Server for tomorrow!!! So could I just connect one PC (PC2) to the onboard Ethernet Adapter of the Server (PC1) and the other PC (PC3) to the added PCI Ethernet Card?
All running WinXP PRO OS, PC1 (Server) has Celeron D320 2.66GHz, PC2 has VIA Samuel 2 800MHz, and PC3 has Celeron 2.4GHz I think. All with more then 256MB DDR, 80 GB HDD.

Basically: Server(PC1)-->(PC2) using onboard Ethernet \-->(PC3) using added PCI
Ethernet

It would really help if I could get help with this ASAP, it's for the my bosses' wife's office...so ya know how that goes..THANKS

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by trockii In reply to 3 PC Small Business Netwo ...

I recommend using the router rather than connecting straight to the server. If you connected straight to the server BOTH ports would be taken up and have nothing left for internet connection. Set up with the router and leave an open port for the internet connection.

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by mikex In reply to 3 PC Small Business Netwo ...

Use this config:

Internet connection (goes in the router WAN port)=>Router (as long as you have only 3 PC's and the router has 4 ports switch it will be OK - if you plan expansion in the future - just add a switch into 1 of the router 4 ports)=>Server and other 2 pc's connected to the router switch

You'll be more secured in this way:)

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by willcomp In reply to 3 PC Small Business Netwo ...

Two answers above are correct and you already have a router. This is just a note for future reference.

A crossover Cat5, Cat5e, or Cat6 cable can be used to directly connect 2 PCs without using a hub, switch, or router. You should keep one on hand for ad hoc network setup. Crossover adapters are also available that allow use of standard cables to connect 2 PCs.

Dalton

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by Kuryous1 In reply to 3 PC Small Business Netwo ...

Hello, This goes beyond your question but I thought I should ask. This appears to be a workgroup and wondered how much you were planning on growing (number of PC's and or users)and how much of a work load accessing resources on your assigned server? For now you look fine. Goodluck.

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Expansion is planned for 6 or 7 PC's total

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by CG IT In reply to 3 PC Small Business Netwo ...

personally I would opt for a switch on the LAN mix if you multihome the server. Consumer level routers with the built in 4 port switch are great if all your doing is sharing but running a multihomed server and terminal services, you would be better off having the router strictly as a perimeter firewall/router. If your bosses wife's company has any intention of growing, I would suggest you look at Microsofts Small Business Server software either SBS 2000 with ISA server or SBS 2003 platinum with ISA 2000. With the consumer level router, ISA Server you have a minimum 2 levels of protection from the internet.

Note: Cable ISPs dont like servers on their network and especially don't like broadcast services [ ICMP, IGMP even RIP on the router]. If your ISP is Cable, turn off or block outbound RIP ICMP multicast,IGMP.

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