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Home Network Help needed!

Discussion in 'Networks & Internet Connectivity' started by StevenG, 5 Feb 2006.

  1. StevenG

    Mobster

    Joined: 25 Jan 2006

    Posts: 3,119

    Location: Gateshead, Newcastle

    i want to setup a home network with the following;

    3 computers, 2 normal and 1 HTPC
    1 internet connection (cable ethernet)
    Ethernet harddrive
    USB printer.

    I dont know what hardware i need to link them all.. help needed... thanks for any replies.

    PS: doesnt need to be wireless, all 3 pc's are in the same room..
     
  2. OllyM

    Soldato

    Joined: 16 Aug 2004

    Posts: 6,194

    Location: New Jersey, USA

    A Linksys WRT54GS (wireless, but you can turn it off) will connect to the cable modem and do routing - it's probably one of the most stable cable routers around.

    It has a 4 port switch, so you can connect your 3 PC's plus NAS drive.

    I'd recommend just sharing the USB printer connected to one of the machines if you can - USB print servers are really a bit rubbish and rarely work properly (you can't get status information for example).