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02-09-2001, 02:51 PM
I am thinking of installing a home network to allow my daughter to share internet, print and files. I run a duron 600 with 128mb ram ans she has a p120 with 64mb of ram. What are the best options as in cards and conection. Also if I want to add a 3rd computer to the system at a later date what is the bast way of doing it.

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Paleo Pete
02-09-2001, 03:59 PM
Take a look on my page, I have a few good links concerning home networking. Don't have the links in Favorites right now, or I could just post them. It's posted below, in my signature. Look for LANparty, and a couple others near it.

No suggestions for specific cards, maybe some of the others have some experiences with them and can recommend the better ones.

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02-11-2001, 04:01 AM

A word of caution .
Many of today's printers are not network compatible.
Most Winprinters will not work across a network. ( HP 820C ) for example .
Also a number of printers will not work under Windows Printer Sharing.

You will want to check the Doc's on your printer before you begin.

I have my network setup here at home using a single 8 port hub and printer server.
I prefer to us 3Com Nic cards in each system.
I have also found the Netgear Hub's and Print servers work very well .

Using the Hub or Hub/printer server is the fastest and easiest way to get started.
If you want to allow printer sharing without having 2 computers running.
The Hub/print server is the easiest way to go.
Netgear had a 4 port hub/print server combo that works well with one printer.

02-14-2001, 03:10 PM
I am using a HP 400 and HP office jet 710 printer, are these going to be a problem??? The idea of the network is to allow my daughter to share internet, file and printers, am I asking to much?

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02-14-2001, 04:49 PM
The fastest easiest way to get a home network going is to have Win98 SE installed on all networked computers. Win has terrific "Pier to Pier" networking software built right in to Win 98 SE. The only other thing you need are network interface cards (10BASE-T compliant and NE-2000 driver program incl) and the standard cabling (most any electronics store has it in pre-set lengths or can custom cut it for you). you will need a "Hub" if you plan to connect more than two together. Lots of help in the Win98 "HeLP" section....and here:http://www.helmig.com/j_helmig/mspc2pct.htm
Good luck!

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02-18-2001, 01:08 AM

Here are a couple of links to the HP web site and the FAQ's for the Office jet 710 and the HP 400
As you will see the Office-jet messages contradict each other.
One said it is not network compatible the other will say it is.
The Office jet can be used on a network. It however will not be fully funtional.
It will act as a printer only and then only after you install a driver for another printer(HP550c)

On this page it said it can not be used on a network.

The Office jet will work But only as a printer.

The HP400 link below does not list network.

It does list it as a dos printer. This means it should work on the network.
If you use the search engine and enter 400 and network it will give you the details on how to setup as a shared printer under windows.

With any luck you should have little or no problem with using both these printers on your lan. as Printers only

[This message has been edited by Rick (edited 02-18-2001).]

Paleo Pete
02-18-2001, 07:00 AM
The 710 I'm not sure about, but I know the Desk Jet 400 will work on a network, at least when installed on a machine, and having that machine configured to share printers. I've had this one connected to a network before, and both my DJ 400 and HP Laser Jet Series II worked fine. Both were connected to and installed on this machine, then shared over the network.

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