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Posted on Sunday, October 24, 1999 - 6:30 pm:   

Sup people. I am going to be creating a home network soon and I wanted some input. I am not a newbie when it comes to computers, but I would classify myself as someone who knows enough to get by, be it installing video cards, hard drives, etc. Question is this. I have Cox@Home, and 3 computers in my house. I will be working on linking up just two computers for now, and adding a third later. I have 2 DLink 10/100 cards, and I am trying to decide on a hub. First off, I will be doing
surfing and online gaming, but no video editing or hardcore stuff, so will a 10 mbs hub be enough? Second. What is this about hubs with an upstream port vs. those who do not? Third. I have seen diagrams where the ethernet from the Cox@Home modem goes into the hub(upstream port?), then the two computers are attached to the hub, one computer acts as the server, the others look to that computer for the gateway. Am I that far off? I want to get by without paying for an additional IP addy and without doing Linux (though I will be getting my hands dirty soon...), and I was wondering If I had to buy additional software (Sygate?) to do this, or if Win98 will be able to handle the chore. I am concerned about security, as I do not want to be the target of a 15 year-old hacker with too much time on his/her hands. Any links appreciated.
Juan Martinez
Posted on Monday, October 25, 1999 - 6:46 am:   

I have a similar set up except it is a Cisco DSL modem. I was able to set my modem to DHCP server (which I am assuming Cox@Home uses). I just plugged my modem into one of the ports on my hub (Linksys EtherFast 10/100 autosensing 5-port workgroup hub) and my two other computers into the same hub. I then configured the TCP/IP stacks on my two machines for DHCP, set the proper gateway (supplied by ISP), and the DNS supplied. My roommate and I were up and surfing in no time. I have also seen that set up, but additional software is necessary for Win machines to do internet sharing, IP forwarding, IP Masq. I would suggest getting your hands dirty with Linux. No additional software is necessary and what's better, it's free. And downloading it won't be a problem with your cable modem. Try these links:

I have heard of people sharing a cable modem with Win products before but they have complained about eratic behavior.
Posted on Thursday, October 28, 1999 - 6:24 pm:   

Thanx for your help, now I will either run with the hub you suggested, or I will just do the 3 card/two machine route, which seems to be much cheaper. Around Christmas I will be building another system and delegate this P233 to Linux-server duty, so your links are appreciated.

Damian Davies
Posted on Friday, July 14, 2000 - 4:46 am:   

I am looking for a driver for a NC Network card ((ANSEL JZBDL) Can any body help. This is a project for the college that I attend. We are networking the computers their.

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