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Easy Question About Setting Up A Network


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Posted 12 May 2008 - 12:26 AM

Hello, I want to rebuild my network right now. I have drawn up a plan [Sorry for my bad art work] Below.
Can you please tell me what the black device in my image is called and if you see any issues with my plan.
Thank you.

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Posted 12 May 2008 - 02:21 AM

any one?

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Posted 12 May 2008 - 02:38 AM

I believe those would be routers, or the second one in line could possibly be a hub. But couldn't you put the wireless router after the DSL modem and put wireless cards into the desktops and save yourself a lot of grief running cable? :thumbsup:

I'm no expert at networking, but I have 3 computers hooked up to one router off the modem..
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Posted 12 May 2008 - 08:50 AM

Hello, I want to rebuild my network right now. I have drawn up a plan [Sorry for my bad art work] Below.
Can you please tell me what the black device in my image is called and if you see any issues with my plan.
Thank you.

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Well your going to need a router to bridge two networks like that. I recomend moving the wireless router out of the side and use it to bridge the two "Black Things" or you might a problem to have both networks communicate with each other. I like sharing my knowlage so heres a tip for your network: Routers assign ip adresses, you might what to set up both networks under differnt ip ranges Eg. 192.168.1.X and 192.168.74.X Also subnet masks are nice :thumbsup:

That "Black Thing" you want is a switch, if you and I are thinking of the same thing. Let me see if I can get a link to a switch from newegg... Aha! http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16833122111 Thiers a nice one :flowers: Good luck!

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Posted 12 May 2008 - 11:40 AM

hi there,

the black box your pertaining to is a switch. just a quick question is your modem a mode/router? if your answer is no definitely you need to attach your wireless router dorectly to the modem in order for the computers on the switch to work properly(you must have a DHCP server for your computer to get a dynamic IP address and also your router will share the internet connection on the from the modem a regular switch does not have that functionality)

so here's the setup that I think is best for your environment;

modem - wireless router - 1st switch(black box) - 2nd switch(black box)

or you could connect the other(computer, printer, network storage) devices to your router since most wireless home routers out on the market has a built in 4 port switch, you can just add a switch to expand the ethernet ports on your network if there are more devices to connect to.

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Posted 15 May 2008 - 02:44 AM

Ok How about this one? Check out the new design:

2wire Wireless Modem with 4 Ports. > Switch #1 > Switch#2 I will have computers plugged into both switches and on the three other ports of the wireless modem. I will also be connecting wirelessly.

Heres an image. Let me know what you think.

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Posted 16 May 2008 - 01:19 AM

Does the new one look good?




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