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By Kits47 ·
I don't have a lot of networking experience. I am faced with having to setup one and possibly two MAC's running OS 8.6 and currently three PC's, soon to be four, running different flavours of Win9x. Down the road, there may also be a PC running Linux wanting to be hooked up.

The purpose of hooking all these together is two fold. First, to share a single Cable Modem internet connection. Second to facilitate sharing peripherals, currently attached to each of these units. These currently include a scanner, a laser printer, a couple of ink jet printers, a SCSI standalone harddrive currently run off one of the MACs.

How do I do this without becoming a networking expert or going to Netware or NT or whatever? Ease of setup and maintenanceas well as keeping costs down are primary considertions here. Is there a single "out of the box solution" or is it a patchwork of "fixes" that's called for?

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by cross67 In reply to XPlatform Networking and ...

Let's start with the PC's and MAC's. We will go simple peer to peer with them. I suggest WIN98SE for the OS of the PC's. I am not sure why you would run different flavors of windows, but I am sure you have your reasons. I assume you can set up asimple peer to peer network. Then to get them all sharing the Internet connection. The nice easy way to do this is to least a block of IP's from your ISP and configure the clients with static IP's. This however is somewhat expensive and not very secure. For a more secure altenative a proxy server may be in order. I would suggest upgrading one of the PC's to WIN2K server. It has a built in web/ftp/proxy server. As far as the printer, you can either hook them each up to a computer on the network and share them, or buy internal/external NIC's for them. Choice is up to you. Hope this helps

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by Kits47 In reply to XPlatform Networking and ...

Unacceptable because I was unable to adaquately qualify my lack of networking experience for the respondant and because committing to paying for separate IP's for each computer is an unacceptable level of expense.

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by lavdasg In reply to XPlatform Networking and ...

The quickes would be is to assign all private IPs to all PC and MAC on the network (LAN cards). This range is normaly 192.168.1.x where x= 1 to 255. The submask for this must be 255.255.255.0 for all different IP's. Use TCP/IP protocalls for all PC.Make one PC a proxy server by Win2000 server or download one off WWW.tucows.com. On the same PC as the proxy server connect the Cable modem and assign the ISP dial up protacalls and IP for the ISP. As for the external devices just map to them usingthe network. I'm using Mailgate from www.mailgate.com for a proxy server and a mail server. It uses the conection to get all mail from diferent accounts ( e-mail locations eg ISP account, Hotmail etc.) and allows you to brows the net. It also has agood referance doc.

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by Kits47 In reply to XPlatform Networking and ...

Unacceptable because I was unable to adaquately qualify my lack of networking experience for the respondant and because it involves upgrading to Win2K, which for cost, philisophical and knowledge reasons is not an acceptable solution.

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by hdettmer In reply to XPlatform Networking and ...

One of the easiest solutions i've found is to use a "Cable" router cost is roughly $200.00, one such router is the Linksys BEFSR41. Here is some info (The Linksys Instant Broadband EtherFast Cable/DSL Router is the perfect option to connect multiple PCs to a high speed Broadband Internet connection or to an Ethernet back-bone.The built-in NAT technology acts as a firewall protecting your internal network. Configurable as a DHCP server, the EtherFast Cable/DSL Router acts as the only externallyrecognized Internet device on your local area network). Also another valuable resource for connection sharing is www.timhiggins.com, this helped me to install a small business LAN on broadband cable!

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by Kits47 In reply to XPlatform Networking and ...

Acceptable because its a one time expediture and a simple, straight out of the box solution...in theory. In fact, the Linksys Router I purchased was highly problematic and unpredicitable in terms of reliablity. Ultimately it appeared to outright fail and was returned to the manufacturer on a warranty claim. In the interim, a similar device from GenTek, (actually the identical unit to DLink's) was installed and after a bit of set up frustration, seemingly equally due to my lack of networking knowledge and experience and to the unit's confusing and, at times, contradictory documentation the computers are now all happily sharing a single IP via cable modem

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