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    LAN Cabling?

    Hi,

    We want to network upto 10 PCs in different rooms of an office.
    Wall plugs have RJ-45 socket.

    Is the procedure as simple as this:

    1. Install NICs in all PCs
    2. Drop UTP cabling between all PCs and their respective wall-plugs
    3. Configure TCP/IP or Netbeui to get the PCs to communicate
    4. Setup NTFS permissions to establish access where required

    My problem is I know the cables should collect somewhere together & at this point I will link them into a hub/switch. But we cannot find any such place in the office.

    If I want to just setup a simple peer-to-peer LAN with a printer on one of the PCs, can I just apply the 4 steps above & not worry about the hub?

    Pls. give me whatever advice you can.
    TIA.

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    Re: LAN Cabling?

    You can't connect these PCs together without some sort of hub or switch, the only time that works is if you have exactly 2 PCs and a cable that connects transmit to receive.

    You are going to have to find out what is on the other side of those wall sockets.

    StuartR

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    Re: LAN Cabling?

    Somewhere in your building you will find a "patch panel" where all the Cat5 connections terminate. Unless those plates are just for show and no one bothered to pull cable. (?!)

    If you really can't find the patch panel, you might jump straight to wireless. I have no experience with that, and it's a bit more expensive, but I can't imagine the increment is greater than the cost of paying contractors to run cabling.

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    Re: LAN Cabling?

    A couple of questions about what you wish to do with your network. Do you plan on having internet access? Will you be file sharing among all the machines (in other words will machine A have access to machine B's files)? If you plan on using a printer from one machine for the others there will be a processor slow down on the machine which the printer is attached too. If you can answer these questions I can possible help further with setting it up. You will need a hub/switch to make this work in any

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    Re: LAN Cabling?

    I do not suggest wireless due to your size. To really secure it you need to spend $ up front and then more so on upkeep of security.
    Find the wiring "closet". Use a 10/100 Switch not a hub. Buy a "Print Server" (Jet Direct) for the printer so it can always be avaliable.
    Most importantly don't freak out and hire a contractor (Unless it is me <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15> ) I have seen customers paying $79 to $145 per hour to run cable. It just ain't that hard.
    Best of Luck.

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