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Topic # 29657 14-Jan-2009 11:34
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I would consider myself quite good with computers, but there's alot I don't know and that will always be true

I'm a bit of a n00b to setting up a LAN, so I was looking for some advice

How much would I be looking at to set up a LAN for approx. 10 computers? (not including the cost of computers)

What will I need, I know I'll need computers (obviously),
So I'll need a modem, a router, a switch (probably a 24 port would be best?), cables (Cat5?), is there anything I'm forgetting?

I want to be able to control the bandwidth and monitor what the other computers are doing from a host computer, also if I want gaming on the computers would I need a server or could I just install the games onto the host computer or the hdd of the client computers?

Thanks for any help

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  Reply # 190079 16-Jan-2009 23:14
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A host computer? You can run whatever computers you like but hosting means one of computers storing a resource accessible from the other computers. A "host" doesnt control other connections at all so you need an ethernet switch for that; I guess you mean a router or firewall that all the other computers pass through to get outside. Controlling other computer usage however will need a special system like pfSense thats probably taking it a bit far for your first attempt. Your broadband router is already a firewall so it should be enough. Just link up a switch to the router, using the switch's uplink port if required. As for price... spend as much as you like! I am dreaming of a 10GB network... dont need to spend so much of course. 100Mbps switch is plenty fast enough for games.

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