June 7th, 2004, 09:59 AM
internet gateway setup
hi , i'am getting an adsl line put in on friday , how do i go about
setting up a internet gateway for about 12 pc's . The easiest
way posible as i'am more of a hardware nut . what do i need etc.
any help would be greatly appreciated
June 7th, 2004, 10:36 AM
16 port router.
I'd use Cat6 ethernet cables, Gigabit ethernet cards in all machines. That will give you the fastest LAN transfers and overall performance you'll need for the next 5 years (if you ever upgrade your router to a gigabit solution, you'll be set with cables and NICs which are backwards compatible with the slower 10/100 router.
You could go wireless, if you wanted to do away with running cables.. you could move PCs anywhere in the room with the wireless router. (you'll want to install the wireless router in a high location). Laptops could connect as simple as changing the network properties..
I'd go with the wireless super G (108Mbit/s) router from Dlink:
and 12 Wireless Super G PCI adapters:
In that case, you'll want to setup WPA/WEP and really secure the wireless network.
June 7th, 2004, 14:41 PM
Thanx , already spent the weekend laying the cables , dont want to go wireless or router way . Got couple of spare pc's , maybe looking at a software solution . Previously had a linux dhcp box doing everything but still undecided as what to do .
Originally Posted by Big Booger
June 7th, 2004, 16:05 PM
Why not use FREESCO to setup the internet gateway on the spare PC. Through in some networking cards, and you'll be all set.
I personally would use a router to save on power (1 router versus 2 spare PCs is a no brainer when it comes to power consumption), simplicity of setup, and no need to install any software. But I see why you might want to use the PCs.. they are just gathering dust if not being used.
You could also install Smoothwall, to add firewall capabilites to those spare PCs:
Do the spare PCs have multiple network cards installed? Are you using hubs, switches or routers? Do you want all the PCs to connect to the internet and each other?
June 8th, 2004, 06:25 AM
We are a importer of used pc's and also a reseller of new pc's etc , so there is
no shortage of spares . 12 x pcs must be able so share files and also have net
access . maybe i should just make time and get a linux gateway up . just time
problem . Thanx for all the help . really appreciated .