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    Home Networking

    Hello:

    I have three computers--two running 98, one running XP Home--networked via their ethernet cards to a cable modem; the cable modem connects to the hub via the hub's uplink.

    All the computers can thus connect to the Internet simultaneously; I have bought three I.P. addresses from Comcast.

    Now I need to home network these computers.

    1. Does anyone know of any step-by-step guides for this process?

    2. And does it matter that one computer is running XP and the other 98?

    Thanks so much.

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    Re: Home Networking

    Hi Jon:

    There have been a lot of helpful discussions on the Lounge regarding networking home computers. These are a few helpful threads I pulled up searching for "networking":

    http://www.wopr.com/cgi-bin/w3t/showflat.p...ew=&sb=&o=&vc=1
    http://www.wopr.com/cgi-bin/w3t/showthread...&vc=1#Post78510
    http://www.wopr.com/cgi-bin/w3t/showthread...&vc=1#Post78510
    http://www.wopr.com/cgi-bin/w3t/showthread...=&vc=1#Post9964

    Those starters are from the W98 forum, but you will find many posts on the WXP forum as well.

    This post in particular has links to a couple of beginner articles that should help.

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    Re: Home Networking

    Jonathan,

    If you want to spend another $80.00 and get rid of the 2 extra IPs you are paying for a Linksys router will allow you to run a home network, connect all 3 computers to the Internet simultaneously and provide an additional firewall all for the $80.00. I have two Win 98 SEs and a Win XP Pro fully operational in my home network. Hook up was extremely easy. The only problem I encountered was ZoneAlarm Pro's firewall on my computers. I had to remove them, make the network connections, and then reinstall ZoneAlarm Pro's firewalls. Knowing that in advance would have saved me many headaches. In addition, there is an extra connection if you ever want to hook up that fourth computer.
    H Lewton

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    Re: Home Networking

    And just to add my <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15> which may devalue due to inflation... <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    I've had enough of ZoneAlarm's quirks and issues. I gave Outpost a whirl, and I'm not looking back - it's a tad rough around the edges but I can live with it since it behaves much better than ZA does in its recent incarnations.

    I too use a Linksys router, and have been 100% satisfied with my investment. What I like the best (from a security standpoint) is that it uses NAT (Network Address Translation, to "convert" IP addresses) with zero effort on my behalf.
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    Re: Home Networking

    Just a word of caution.....there have been a lot of issues with XP boxes not being "seen" on the network since NetBEUI is not natively installed. Too bad the Softies couldn't make the transition easier but I for one was glad to see this go the way of the Dodo. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    If you research the links Keely provided, I think you will have the majority of your questions answered!
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    Re: Home Networking

    Hi all,

    Thanks so much for your replies. Hlewton's setup sounds like exactly like something I should have--though one of my PCs runs Win 98, not Win 98 SE.

    So, I think I will first cancel the two additional I.P.s I'm paying for, and then return the ethernet hub I just bought and buy a Linksys router; another person highly recommends Linksys.

    Just a few questions:

    1. I connect the computers with the router in the same way as I do with the hub--via their ethernet cables?


    2. A friend has, both by Linksys, a router and a printer sharer, which looks just like the router. She has a wireless network, both for the Internet and for a home network. But shouldn't the router by itself allow for printer sharing? Or do I in fact need to purchase a seperate print sharer, to connect the printer physically to the network?

    I know from experience that using an ethernet hub to network computers--so that I can print from a computer that does not have the printer attached to the computer with the printer--does not require the printer to be connected to anything other than one computer? Does the same hold true for the router?


    3. If I'm going the router route, I would like a wireless network. Is this much more expensive? Is it worth it? I'd greatly appreciate any suggestions and advice.

    Thanks so much.

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    Re: Home Networking

    1. Yes.

    2. Yes. If you run a firewall you need to configure it to trust the other systems on the network. The router hides you from the outside world to some degree.

    3. Maybe.

    They're more expensive, but as long as you enable encryption and cover your <img src=/w3timages/censored.gif alt=censored border=0> it's quite convenient. I can't speak to the ease of doing this with anything other than Windows XP, which makes it very easy. Perhaps someone else can share a more intimate experience with W98 and Wireless.
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    Re: Home Networking

    On #2, it might be easier and cheaper to have one of your PCs share the printer rather than having a separate print server.

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    Re: Home Networking

    Mark,

    And if you check your system by going to GRC (Gibson Research Center) http://www.grc.com/ it is an entirely invisable network connection. I love it.
    H Lewton

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    Re: Home Networking

    Jon,

    1. The cables are UTP CAT 5 network cables with RJ-45 connectors. They look like slightly larger phone lines but you
    H Lewton

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    Re: Home Networking

    Jonathan,

    Hope everything works out as well for you as mine did. I really enjoy the flexibility it gives me.
    H Lewton

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    Re: Home Networking: Wireless Receivers

    Whoah--I just learned some crucial information.

    If I setup a wireless network, then each computer needs its own receiver.

    Hence, not only is the router more expensive, but the receivers are, too; Amazon.com sells the Linksys WUSB11 Wireless USB Network Adapter for $70.

    But I won't abandon the router idea just yet. After having called the new and free Amazon.com Linksys technical support line--800-814-0180--I'm strongly considering the Linksys BEFSR41 Etherfast 4-Port Cable/DSL Router...

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    Re: Home Networking

    Hlewton,

    Thanks so much for your prompt and informative replies.

    As it stands, I think I'm going to go with either the Linksys WAP11 Instant Wireless Network Access Point or the Linksys BEFW11P1 EtherFast Wireless Access Point + Cable/DSL Router with PrintServer. Probably the latter, because it includes a print server, and probably wireless.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Home Networking: Wireless Receivers

    [qoute]I'm strongly considering the Linksys BEFSR41 Etherfast 4-Port Cable/DSL Router...[/quote]
    I have this one at home myself.. and I love it. It works great with all of my computers, whatever OS they're running (I like Linux... but don't tell Micro$oft <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>).

    It was almost plug-n-play for my setup. The nice thing about this is, in the future, if I want to add wireless technology, I can.

    On the otherhand though... I you would like to spend a little bit extra now, you can buy the wireless router, and still run cable between it and the computer. Then later on, when you've got a bit more money burning the ever growing whole in your pocket, you can get the wireless NICs or adapters.
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    Re: Home Networking: Wireless Receivers

    Hi Chris,

    So I can buy, say, the Linksys BEFW11P1 EtherFast Wireless Access Point + Cable/DSL Router with PrintServer--and connect this wireless router with ethernet wires?

    Thanks,

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