Set up small business lan

October 20, 2011 at 09:12:16
Specs: 2kpro\xpmc, 1ghz512mb\3800xp2gb
I have a small business and in this painful economy there is no way I can afford an IT professional at this time. I have rented a space for my business and the previous tenant removed all of his hardware (I would have payed him to leave it). All of the data and voice lines are run, but there is no switch or modem. I have Comcast coming today to hook up a modem for me. My question is, what is the most cost effective way for me to get that connection to 10 Windows XP computers. They all have 10/100 lan cards so I don't need to go gigabit or any thing like that. I just want to access the internet, no file sharing, I have one network printer also.

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#1
October 20, 2011 at 09:15:39
Buy a basic router (No wireless unless you are wanting to hookup wireless clients) and then run CAT 5e or CAT 6 cable to your desktops

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#2
October 20, 2011 at 09:18:56
A 10 port router?

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#3
October 20, 2011 at 09:25:29
The most LAN ports I've seen on a SOHO Router is 4. Chances are you'll need a switch as well. Take a look around, a basic 8 port switch should be enough for you and should cost unders $100.00 If you can afford a switch with more than 8 ports, I'd get one. That would allow for growth.

You connect the switch to a LAN port on the router.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#4
October 20, 2011 at 10:40:13
Ahh, yes Switch too. lol, my bad.

An 8 port switch will serve 7 end clients. and leave 3 ports on your SOHO left. that is 10 clients total.

But since you have a printer too, you will need another switch assuming you are wiring it in.

2 8-port switches will be plenty and provide room if you want to add more clients down the road


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#5
October 20, 2011 at 12:56:46
Thank you so much for your help. Hopefully I can get it done this weekend.

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#6
October 22, 2011 at 06:57:26
well you need 11 ports in total. Check to see how many ports are on the router. Then if it has 4 ports you'll need to get at least a 10 port switch. DHCP will be broadcast through the switch if you connect the router with the switch via a cable. that gives you the right amount of ports in total and room for expansion.

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#7
October 22, 2011 at 18:19:05
Done! Thanks for all your help.

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