I thank you in advance for your advice and replies, it's greatly appreciated.
Here's my problem:
I have a small network (8 PCs & 2 Printers) which I have been given the task of looking after. It currently functions on a peer network set up, using a Netgear DG834G router and a Netgear EN108 hub. My (limited) IT knowledge is enough to keep the network functioning, but it does suffer from the occasional hiccup. Eg. Internet connection goes down or shared databases become unreachable. The machine used as a 'file server' is running an ancient version of Win 98. (The other machines run Win XP). I also have a IP conflict if a laptop is connected to the network.
What I have been asked to do is to increase the number of machines using the network.
I would like to do this, but understand there is a limit to the number of devices that can be connected to a peer network, and that a switch to a client / server model may be necessary. Is this true?
To do this, I have been looking at smart switches, but don't really understand them. It seems like quite a leap of equipment and expertise going from a peer network to a client / server network! I have researched client /server networks online today but feel none the wiser. How do they function? Do I need to change operating systems on the client machines? What client/ server OS do I require?
Would someone be kind enough to suggest an excellent (and foolproof) network layout and machine configs? What about back ups, virus protection & security, and administration necessary?
How would you networking gurus plan out this project? What sort of things should I be taking into consideration, what things do I need to find out before taking the first steps? What system specs would you recommend for this project?
Really, any advice or suggestions would be helpful. Feel free to ask any questions if I didn't explain things well enough. I've never tackled this sort of project before so want to get as much planning and advice as I can before I get started.
Thank you very much!
Edited by byonic, 23 October 2006 - 04:49 PM.