How to set up a LAN?

March 28, 2006 at 05:18:53
Specs: XP Pro, AMD 3500 Ram 1GB
Hi i would like to set up a LAN to six computers and woulld like to know how to do this as im a complete newbie.
All i know is that i will need two network cards and a cable for connecting two comps.

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March 28, 2006 at 07:24:25
do you got a router? or hub but i meen hubs are only for LAN PARTYS!!!! LOL but yea you need so have some kind of router or something for all the computers to link up to...

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March 28, 2006 at 11:30:14
The easiest way to do this is use a router. Router's have a built in DHCP server, which will configure all the computers with IP addresses, subnet masks, etc. as long as they're configured to obtain IP address automatically, which is the default for windows computers.

Since most routers come with only 4 ports, you need to either get a router with an 8 port switch built in, or purchase an additional switch to connect to the router using a crossover cable.

The computers will connect to the router's LAN port and the switch using regular CAT5 patch cable, NOT a crossover.

Some routers and switches are smart enough to detect the use of the wrong cable (crossover or patch), and correct it within themselves, just FYI. I would look for that feature.

This switch works surprisingly well and cheap, too!

If you don't want to use a router, it is possible the machines will automatically configure themselves using APIPA, but in my experience, you may have problems doing that. Be prepared to know how to manually set the IP address and subnet mask should you choose to go that route.

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March 28, 2006 at 12:33:48
You only need a router if you intend connecting the LAN to another network like the Internet. If all you want to do is connect the six computers together in a network without Internet connectivity, a six port switch is all you need.

A switch or a hub does pretty much the same job, but with the price difference between a switch and a hub, you might as well buy a switch which does the job a whole lot better.

As mentioned above, of you do intend connecting the network to the Internet, then you will need a router which does make configuration easier as it will have DHCP server built in.

With just a switch you need to configure each computer with an IP address in the and a network mask of This is a fairly simple thing to do. Each computer will need to have a Network Internface Card (NIC)Installed which plugs into the switch via Cat5 UTP cable.


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March 28, 2006 at 13:26:39
"As mentioned above, of you do intend connecting the network to the Internet, then you will need a router which does make configuration easier as it will have DHCP server built in."

It makes configuration easier regardless on whether or not you need internet connectivity.

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March 28, 2006 at 14:24:01
But added expense and unnecessary complexity just for the sake of typing in a few numbers.


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March 29, 2006 at 00:21:18
A. It's not a big added expense. Have you priced SOHO routers lately?
B. Are you seriously suggesting the added complexity is something that will inhibit the user? It's "just" connecting a cable between the switch and router. That is certainly easier the manually configuring TCP/IP settings for 6 computers!
C. It's not just "typing in a few numbers". It's taking the time find how to do it, ensuring everyone knows how, and having to take the time to coordinate that everyone is using the right addresses, and didn't do something like two people using the same IP address, etc. That all can be avoided by simply using a router. Keep in mind if he wants to do these LAN parties regularly, he'll be doing this potentially everytime he and his buddies play. Sounds like a pain in the butt to me.

Not trying to pick a fight here, but just suggesting the easiest way is using a router, which doesn't cost much.

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March 29, 2006 at 01:47:31
Thanks guys for your help

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