MadSci Network: Computer Science

Re: How to set up LAN?

Area: Computer Science
Posted By: Keith Little, Systems Analyst/Programmer
Date: Thu Feb 20 22:15:55 1997
Message ID: 854301049.Cs


Configuring a small LAN is a fairly easy task, and the cost of hardware
and software varies with the number of computers connected.

With respect to hardware, I'd recommend using "10BaseT", which is similar
to telephone wiring.  With this method, each computer connects to a central
"hub" in a star configuration.  A 10 port hub should cost around $150, and
each network card should be about $25.

I'd also recommend using "peer-to-peer" networking software, which allows
disk, printer and modem sharing.  I think Artisoft's Lantastic would be a
good choice for a school, with a 10 user license costing around $500.

I hope this helps, and have a great day!

Keith Little

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