General discussion

Locked

How many computers on a Win98 Network

By adcman01 ·
Is there a limit to the number of computers that can be on a Win98 peer network?

I have a client that now has 7 computers on the network. Tey want to add 3 more.

I have received input that says "Yes" and "No".
Thanks

This conversation is currently closed to new comments.

13 total posts (Page 1 of 2)   01 | 02   Next
| Thread display: Collapse - | Expand +

All Comments

Collapse -

How many computers on a Win98 Network

by Bughunter In reply to How many computers on a ...

The bottom line is that there is nothing in the operating system that will limit the number of machines in your peer to peer network, however after 10-15 machines network traffic and system management starts to degrade. The only real answer is it depends on how your users will use the network. If they run a lot of data over the network all of the time then 10-15 machines will probably the top end, but if they rarely use the network they might go up to 40 or 50 machines before they see speed problems or the network becomes too large to manage.

Collapse -

How many computers on a Win98 Network

by adcman01 In reply to How many computers on a ...
Collapse -

How many computers on a Win98 Network

by melgargory In reply to How many computers on a ...

the answer is yes you can add 3 more , because in peer to peer network it recommanded that the number of connected computer not more than 10,but I think it is the time now to start planing for client/server network.
I hope this well help.

Collapse -

How many computers on a Win98 Network

by adcman01 In reply to How many computers on a ...

Poster rated this answer

Collapse -

How many computers on a Win98 Network

by Maelgwyn In reply to How many computers on a ...

Your Clear For Takeoff - however itl be stormy above. tehehe playing with your mind. Yes you can. It will have a high overhead, however (because of all the broadcasting). Methinks you may need to upgrade to a client / server relationshp

Collapse -

How many computers on a Win98 Network

by adcman01 In reply to How many computers on a ...

Poster rated this answer

Collapse -

How many computers on a Win98 Network

by BobHo In reply to How many computers on a ...

As always, your performance will depend. Since the peer to peer pc's will use broadcasting you could see a drop in network performance if there is alot of network traffic, but, if you implement a switch (not a hub) the switch should control the traffic with no problem. I've seen peer to peer office networks with 30+ pc's run efficiently and smoothly with a good switch.

DrBob:&gt

Collapse -

How many computers on a Win98 Network

by adcman01 In reply to How many computers on a ...

Poster rated this answer

Collapse -

How many computers on a Win98 Network

by NetTek In reply to How many computers on a ...

Microsoft's recommended maximum limit for a peer-to-peer is 10, so you would be right at their limit. Keep in mind that it is only a recommendation, and does not mean that as soon as you add PC #11 that your network crashes.

The two biggest issues in a Win98 p2p are browsing, and printing to shared printers. Browsing problems are virtually eliminated if NetBEUI is used as the protocol. However, should you desire to use TCP/IP instead (like for Internet sharing), there is something you can do to reduce browsing problems: Use the one PC that is turned on the most as your master browser(first on during the day, last off at night). Disable master browser capability on all other PCs. By default, master browser capability is enabled automatically with file and print sharing. Disable it under the other PCs on the network. This can be done under File and Print Sharing -> Properties.

As far as printing is concerned, I would limit the number of PCs that can share the same printer. Once a PC prints to a shared printer, it establishes a "connection". That connection remains until reboot, even if a PC is not actually printing to the shared printer. If too many PCs establish a connection to the PC that has a shared printer, some will not print. I have actually seen a problem with as few as 4 PCs connected to a shared printer. NT workstation has a limit of 10 concurrent connections. I have never seen any documentation on the limt for 98.

Collapse -

How many computers on a Win98 Network

by adcman01 In reply to How many computers on a ...

Poster rated this answer

Back to Windows Forum
13 total posts (Page 1 of 2)   01 | 02   Next

Related Discussions

Related Forums