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Setting Up A Server


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#1 mikeyy

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Posted 29 November 2006 - 07:51 PM

I have an older computer with 10 gig hard-drive. I want to use it as a server for my exsisting network. I have a newer computer with windows XP hardwired to the internet and a laptop with windows XP on wireless. I want my older computer to be the first computer that incoming internet hits. I already have an ethernet card in the computer but I m wondering what else I need. Thanks Mike :thumbsup:

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Posted 30 November 2006 - 07:56 AM

I am sorry but I cant really see how this would be of an advantage to you if you are only using 3 pc's. Basically yes you could add a server in between the PC and the Wireless Router. This however will get segrigate the PC and not the laptop that will be connecting via wireless.

If you wanted a full solution you would need to install the wireless gateway between the server and the PC's. This would mean you would need to find a alternative source to supply the internet conection. Say a non wireless ADSL Router. You would also need 2 ethernet connections on the server.

If you explain the sort of thing you are hoping to achieve by doing this then maybe we can come up with a more suitable solution.
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Posted 04 December 2006 - 11:24 AM

A server may be a good solution if you want to control all network activity through 1 PC. All the settings are in one place and it makes the use of network resources (and their administration) much easier.

That being said, they're a PITA to get working right (In My Limited Opinion).

To me the main advantage is in being able to block/allow internet access as I see fit (beyond what the router offers). But there are tools that will do this much more easily on smaller networks. And, there are also tools that will let you administer the PC's remotely. Finally, it allow you to setup an effective security setup that users cannot monkey with.

My interest in setting up a network is mainly for the experience in doing it (I've got a PC slated for this purpose right now). But, in the beginning, expect lot's of problems as unforeseen little things crop up (not to mention the users complaining at you).

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