Home LAN... advice needed.

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  1. Hi all.

    Hoping to start a bit of a LAN at home...

    Thinking being that my wife's computer (for her sewing machine), my Meida computer (for watching Porn), my nippers laptop (for homework and such) and the family laptop (used for me to watch porn on exercise) could be linked together for file sharing, back up and printing.

    So.... would this set up work.

    NEWLink single port USB to LAN adaptor attached to Printer (USB only alas).

    NEWLink DUAL HDD Gigabit NAS Drive with Printer server function.

    And obviously 3 computers linked in by cable... and the family laptop by wireless/cable.

    Can't find it at the moment, but I spotted a LAN that combines several ports with a wireless connection.

    Any thoughts?
  2. hi,
    I did pretty much what you are wanting to do a few months ago.
    To be honest its a doddle .
    If all machines are running the same OS then it will pretty much do everything for you.
    One thing i would reccomend is to do a wireless network , saves having to hide cabling everywhere.
    As for the printer that could be plugged into one of your lan ports via an adaptor but all i did was plug it into Mrs Mellies machine and allow printer sharing.
    It works for me as Mrs mellies pc is pretty much always on.
    As for a wireless router " what you pay is what you get". My router was £18 ( only coz i,m a tight arse) and works really well.

    Hope this helps


  3. Any wireless router will do all the above and use a network printer i.e. pc with printer attached needs to be on all the time in order other pc's can print. use network setup wizard with a usb mem stick put mem stick into each pc and follow instructions.

    ps the msg is above the gif
  4. Buy a copy of Network Magic - it's only a few bucks - and it'll do everything for you.
  5. Why buy soft if you have all you need in your OS? A waist of ram and you don`t learn nothing.

    All depends on what sort of traffic is going through the LAN.

    I Have a WLAN Router with built in USB for the Printer, Laptop, Media PC, Server ,my Wife’s PC and 3 others on it and only my Laptop is on wireless

    Any questions give me a PM
  6. Fine, if you want to learn something - if you just want it to work without farting around get Network Magic. I'm a retired programmer with 30 years experience and the first computer I ever used was a PDP-8 - look it up!
  7. Doesn't the wireless bit fall down when you add in the NAS though? Unless that is also hooked up to acomputer that is on ALL of hte time?
  8. Nice Machine my first calc was a zx81 when I was 8 back in 81 and worked on the things ever since and worked in the network industry since I was 16 so I have 10 years less exp.
    If you just want it to work NM is ok but what do you do if something f**cks up
    and there is nobody to call for help.
    You need to know at least the basics of where to look in the network setup and if you let a prog do it you don`t know where to look. That’s my opinion and what I teach in courses do it hard the first time and then go the easy way if you have to do it again

    The Nas normaly runs it`s on Os so if you hook it up any ware in the lan there should be no prob
  9. Why would it? You attach the drive to the network via a cat5 connection.
    The clue is in the name NETWORK Attached Storage.
    As long as the drive is on you should be able to see it through the network.

  10. would you know Bill Gosper and Richard Greenblatt then.?
  11. Nope - you're probably confusing it with an external hard drive that runs off a USB connection.

    A NAS is essentially a tiny computer (probably running Linux) with enough oomph to run a network interface on one side, and a pair of hard drives on the other. Because they've got that wee computer running 24/7 anyway, they tend to have a print server function to them.

    I overspec'd mine somewhat :) and bought a QNAP box, with a RAID pair of 1TB drives inside. Mainly down to some surfing of the PS3 forums that suggested it was compatible.

    So; once I back up my iTunes library and our photo albums, I can play/look at them through the TV and associated sound system, using the PS3's wireless interface (I'd run a CAT5, but the house construction doesn't lend itself to the problem).
  12. I'm interested in setting up a home network, is it possible to connect 2 computers, one on XP and one on vista?
  13. Of course, the operating system is irrelevant it is the TCP stack that handles the communication and that is an industry standard.

    You could use a crossover cable to connect the network ports on each box to make the connection and then manually enter the IP address/mask/gateway on interface. Or, if you are using a DSL router it should supply the WINS information so you will not have to manually configure the interface and let DHCP deal with the address allocation.
  14. Yes, and I've done it but it is a pain in the arrse and it is slow!

    They both need enabled network sockets (most computers less than 5 years old will have those). You need the cable - a crossover Cat 5 cable, IIRC. And a USB memory stick, a floppy disk or a writeable CD.

    Both computers need an account called "Guest". I don't know why, because it is nowhere in the instructions, but mine didn't work until I searched the Internet and found that suggestion!


    Edited because I'm an IT biff.
  15. IP address/mask/gateway on interfaces should also be on the same network

    Router as Ip address
    PC 1

    so all you network componates in this example are in he same class c network and you can fit another 252 nework devices in it
    Never use the xxx.xxx.xxx.0 or xxx.xxx.xxx.255 because they are reserved.