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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-13-2002, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
 
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Home Network Recommendation

I just got my father's old computer and I thought I would set-up a home network with my old computer. I have read some recommendations from previous posts, but I would like to ask some of you very knowledgeable people to look at the following and let me know what you think.

This is what I now have:

HP AMD Athlon 900mhz
running Windows 98
I think it came with a network card already installed, but not positive.

Pentium 133
running Windows 95
no network card, but open PCI slot


Here are the home networks (off eBay of course) that look to be decent (but I'm not up to date on network tech.) Let me know what you think of these or if I should bag all three and look for something else. Money is an issue (thus going thru eBay) and since my old computer will be for my daughter, performance isn't my number one concern.

1) http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...ndexURL=0&rd=1

2) http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...ndexURL=0&rd=1

3) http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...ndexURL=0&rd=1


Thanks for any help you can give me!!
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-13-2002, 11:48 AM
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the big question is what type of network do you want? Traditional cat-5, USB, phoneline,wireless etc

I have used both D-Link and Linksys kits and find them about the same, downside to these is that you need to run cat-5 network cables to each computer back to the hub

wireless kits are popular but lack the speed of a wired network and are a little more costly

do you have cable or DSL internet? if so you might consider buying a router with a built in hub (almost all of them have at least a 4-port on them) this will allow you to network your PC's, share your internet connection and usually include a firewall as well

my advice, dont buy a kit off Ebay, visit your local retailer and see what they have

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I do agree on what joekd has said, I have a linksys switch at home, and have had lots of experience with almost an piece of hardware out there concerning network setups.

First off, are theese two computers going to be side by side? Or are they far apart?

If they're side by side then you really wouldn't need to go wireless, naturally.

But say if they're on different floors of the house, usually spending that $50 or so or more on the wirless option can save you a lot of time

Just let us know what kind of setup you wish to have (sharingi the internet? just personal files etc?)

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For the most part, the computers will stand alone (my daughter really doesn't need to have access to all my files), but I am considering getting either DSL or Sat. internet (Direct Duo), and there are some files I would share with the rest of the family. The computers will be in the basement (HP AMD Athlon - main) and the second floor (the old 133), and since this is a townhome I will probably have to run cable (I've already had problems with wireless products in the home, either cross interference or just crappy connections). I don't have a phone line in my daughter's room, but it wouldn't be to difficult for me to wire one up.

I'm not looking for anything spectacular, I just figured that since I'll be giving the computer to my daughter (and my wife) I might as well network them (plus it would be easier to transfer my old files to the new computer instead of copying everything to my Jazz drive, slower but easier). I thought about getting this from eBay because I have a chance to get these real cheap, and while it has been 7 years since I took my networking classes, I can usually muddle my way thru software and harware issues.


Thanks for all your help.
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Well in that case, as long as it's within a certain amount of feet, most top out at 100feet in distance, anything close to 100 being increduously slow..
I would reocmmend a router, non wireless as per your standards, so that you can automatically share that internet connection with the slower computer so they could at least have some surfingi ability
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EvilDeadFan and joekd,

Thanks! I appreciate your help with this. Do you have any recommendations on a brand to go with (or stay away from) that would be economical yet not disposable? I really can't say what price range I'm looking for (depends on how much of a bonus I get on my next paycheck) but since I'd be paying for a new internet hook-up, the cheaper the better.

Thanks again.

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Just to compare you might go online to Tigerdirect.com
They have several different networking kits like everyone mentioned above, everything from wireless to USB and their prices are relatively reasonable. Just another option for you to check out.
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stay away from 10-base-t kits, you'll just regret not spending the addl money
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joekd I was looking through a couple catalogs today and I couldn't even find a 10base kit, I believe they've gone the way of the 5-1/4 floppy. I've got 100 base running thru a 24 port 3-Com Superstack, I just got some fiber optic based NIC cards from work that we used awhile back that I might try and use..good thing I work for a fiber company..all the fiber I need baby!1
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Gods am I out of date! I remember studying 10 base T and token rings as the main (and really only type) of networks. I guess it's time to head back to school to redo my MIS degree.
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actually I have seen 10-base-t kits still on the shelves at Compusa and Best Buy, thats why I mentioned them

I'd hate for someone to pick one up thinking it was a bargain
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