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{Advice Offered} - need advice for network

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by help*me*please, Jan 26, 2001.

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  1. help*me*please

    help*me*please Thread Starter

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    I need to theoretically network 4 PC computers for a class. The computers are currently running Win95. The specs of the computers are:

    486/25 MHz processor, 80 MB hard drive, 8 MB RAM

    486/66 MHz processor, 120 MB hard drive, 16 MB RAM

    Pentium 75 MHz Processor, 120 MB hard drive, 16 MB RAM

    Pentium 133 MHz processor, 1 GB hard drive, 32 MB RAM

    Security is not important. Trying to find an inexpensive solution. The users will not be technical wizards.

    Questions - What type of network would you recommend and why? What role would you assign to each of the four workstations and any other equipment you recommend? What type of upgrades might the workstations require to make your solution work?

    please help me, thank you
     
  2. LarryCore

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    Well, I would put in one NIC per computer, use standard Windows 95 peer to peer networking. I would try to upgrade all machines to at least 32 meg RAM, but 16 would do if I couldn't manage 32.

    Hell, I guess 8 would work, but it sure would be slow.

    I would go with CAT5 patch cables and a small, inexpensive hub, to physically connect the machines. You could use BNC (coax type) cable and skip the hub, but hubs are so cheap now that I don't think that is a good idea.

    As for roles - put all the shared files on the P133 since it has the most space and is the fastest.

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  3. stepho

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    I have a similar situation with one Win 95 and one Win 98 computer attached to a Linksys hub. There is a DSL line also attached to the hub. I cannot seem to "see" the Win 95 PC or vice versa. Is there some reason that 95 and 98 don't network peer to peer? Thanks much.
     
  4. Reuel Miller

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    Greetings

    Stepho: Please post this problem in a new thread. We like to keep each thread focussed on one problem. Thanks



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