Setup of of Gigabit Lan with Router and Switch

Discussion in 'Windows Networking' started by Tokyo Otaku, Sep 29, 2004.

  1. Tokyo Otaku

    Tokyo Otaku Guest

    How do I go about setting up a 5 PC Gigabit Lan [using a switch] and a
    Cable Modem. What settings do I need to change [IP address in Win2k]
    for the Computer to be able to talk to one another while able to surf
    the net ?
    Tokyo Otaku, Sep 29, 2004
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  2. Tokyo Otaku

    daytripper Guest

    The use of gigabit adapters and switches really has nothing special to do with
    how to set up a basic network.

    You connect a router to the modem, then uplink the switch (gigabit or
    otherwise) to the router, then connect the pcs to the switch.

    If you enable TCPIP and DHCP on the pcs, the router will provide ip addresses
    for one and all, and will also provide whatever DNS server addresses your
    modem drags out of your ISP.

    If you then configure all pcs to be in the same workgroup, create user
    accounts on all systems for all users, and enable file & printer sharing, all
    systems should be able to "talk" to one another just fine.

    See to get your feet wet...

    daytripper, Sep 30, 2004
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  3. Tokyo Otaku

    Tokyo Otaku Guest

    Thanks so much. BTW the IP address will it be all different ? I have
    to hardcode the IP addresss into the Network Control Panel/

    DNS Suffix for this connection ? - Register this connection addrrss in
    DNS ?

    Enable NetBIOS over TCPIP or from DHCP Server ? As I had all these
    done by a Technician before.. 8=(

    Tokyo Otaku, Sep 30, 2004
  4. Tokyo Otaku

    daytripper Guest

    Yes, the router will not hand out duplicates. And as long as all systems are
    configured to use DHCP to obtain their respective ip addresses, there's no
    chance of you setting a static address on one machine that conflicts with a
    dhcp address on another.

    Otherwise you can certainly manually configure all systems with static
    addresses if you chose. I generally do this for fixed/wired systems on my lan
    and only use DHCP for roaming devices (eg: our wireless laptops).
    Your modem should obtain valid DNS server addresses from your isp, and the
    router should inform any DHCP-enabled system of those addresses.

    Otoh, if you configure systems to use static addresses you generally have to
    manually configure the DNS settings as well.
    Those settings have to be manually configured regardless of static or dynamic
    ip assignment.
    I recommend manually enabling Netbios over TCPIP as it can preclude the need
    for lmhosts files, etc.
    Clearly ;-)

    Investing some time in a "networking for newbies" site such as may free you from needing techies!


    daytripper, Sep 30, 2004
  5. Tokyo Otaku

    René Guest

    Dear daytripper,

    If file & printer sharing are enabled, won't people all over the world be
    able to use my files and printer in this kind of network (am in sort of the
    same situation as OP and have never been sure about this)?

    Thank You very much in advance for replying.

    Yours sincerely,
    René, Oct 6, 2004
  6. Tokyo Otaku

    daytripper Guest

    Your LAN is behind the router and uses non-routable addresses. As long as you
    don't forward the application ports used in support of Netbios, nobody from
    the outside is going to be able to see never mind share any resource on your


    daytripper, Oct 6, 2004
  7. Tokyo Otaku

    Tokyo Otaku Guest

    I got it all setup ... thanks but somehow it slowed now now...
    internet connection works well but transferring of files like a 400MB
    takes about a min. The cables I got were Cat5e and not too long.. less
    than 15 feet each

    Tokyo Otaku, Oct 10, 2004
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