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Can XP Pro be used as a Server?

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Mandrake Nightshade, Feb 17, 2003.

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  1. Mandrake Nightshade

    Mandrake Nightshade Thread Starter

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    I need to Network 5 computers and have them all access the Internet via DSL. What would be the easiest way of getting this done without it costing an arm and a leg? Currently at work we have an NT server with a router. Can I do the same with XP pro on a regular desktop PC?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you
    MN
     
  2. Jtoast

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    Yep you can do that...a router or hub will work just fine for you and is probably the easist solution.
     
  3. IMM

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    Maximum of 10 on the network using Pro I think. Beyond that, you'd need XP Server - but for the internet access (as opposed to the internal network) a router (gateway) is probably the simplest.
    If it's under 8 - why not something like the Linksys BEFSR81 ?
    http://www.linksys.com/Products/product.asp?prid=155&scid=29
    (in the $80 US range I think)
     
  4. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Most home networks are peer-to-peer, and as previously mentioned, you can have ten connections to a workgroup computer. I have almost ten computers at times connected to my network, and it's no issue with any of the O/S versions in use.
     
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