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Old 04-18-2007, 12:48 AM   #1
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Question switch or router?

im very new to networking so bare with me . so right now i have windows 2003 server and have it directly connected to my main computer. it is sharing my wireless internet (ICS). i want to connect other computers to my server. do i need a switch or a router? im 90% sure i need a switch. i just want to make sure before i buy.

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Old 04-21-2007, 09:20 AM   #2
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Hi punky as i know how you feel coz i 2 was in that that vote but i have recently completed a pc qualified course and mind is in the the right direction as i would say yes go with the swithch as it doesn't take a wizz to know how to connect it and it's also a cheap way of connecting computers via ICA as well as connecting all of them to the Internet. hope that helps you out if it's not to late already

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how many other computers do you plan on hooking up to the network?
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Old 05-04-2007, 12:48 AM   #4
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Well, it really depends on how complex of a network you're wanting to set up. Switches are cheaper and a lot easier to configure that routers are. But routers have a huge advantage over simple switches, like the ability to port forward, port trigger, and setting up a firewall/gateway to protect your local network.

Personally, I would suggest a simple home LAN type router. You can pick these up at any Super Wal-mart store or online from places like TigerDirect.com or Newegg.com. They'll get the job done without putting to much of a dent in your wallet. Plus they'll help protect your server and other computers within your LAN against intruders.

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