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John_Paul
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Food for thought.............

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04-26-2000 02:44 PM
I see that there are alot of issues regaurding the best and worst ways to network an office in general. Here is the best that I have found for a 1-4 station office. Whether it be just drafting stations or an entire small office of mixed machines, such as receptionists & drafting stations.
We have two drafting stations and a Designjet 600 E-Size. We need to be networked to share and retrieve files and also print and plot in a limited space office. My solution;
(2) Drafting Stations with 10/100 NIC Cards (Autosensing Network Cards)
(1) Designjet 600 E-Size Plotter (NO JETDIRECT REQUIRED WITH THIS SOLUTION!!)
(1) HP 970cse Printer
(1) Intel InBusiness 5-Port 10mbs Hub ($45-$65)
(1) Intel InBusiness Print Station ($150-$175)
Connect the NIC cards in the back of the machine (if you don't have any get 3com 905c, they are the cheapest and most reliable) your machine will automatically detect them and install the drivers. Hook each machine up to the 5-Port Hub. Check the light status on the front of the hub & on the back of each machine. If there are no lights, you have problems, either a bad NIC card or the hub is bad. THen hook up your Print Server to the hub either with a crossover cable in the other hub port listed on the back of the hub or with a regular rj45 network cable into one of the plugs on the back of the hub. Now hook your two printers up to the back of the Print Server. Restart everything to ensure all has been read by everything!
If you want to ad stations or increase the network speed you can upgrade later without changing anything.
Our boss is tight and the less money he spends on our machines the more I might get in the future. ANd yes, I scored brownie points with this solution.
Hope this helps some of you in your situation.
Call InGram Micro for pricing on this stuff. The have an 800 number listed under 1.800.555.1212
Take care.........
*Nehls, Kevin
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Re: Food for thought.............

04-27-2000 08:16 AM in reply to: John_Paul
That's nice for a small network (less than 10 machines). But if you grow to
10 or more machines then you will want to go into a client/server
environment instead of a peer-to-peer network. The administration is much
easier in a client/server environment and you have a lot more control over
who can access different information on the network. In a peer-to-peer
environment there are not very many restrictions and it can become quite a
pain for backups. In a client/server environment backing up your data is
easy, just backup the server(s). The users just have to know that if they
want their data backed up they have to save it to the network somewhere.
Also, in a client/server environment it is much easier to share and
collaborate data, incorporate an intranet, have internal e-mail (instead of
just internet e-mail), and IMHO internet access.

Just my .02. I probably would have done the same thing in your position,
but only if they don't expect to be growing anytime soon.

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Kevin Nehls
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John_Paul wrote in message ...
I see that there are alot of issues regaurding the best and worst ways to
network an office in general. Here is the best that I have found for a 1-4
station office. Whether it be just drafting stations or an entire small
office of mixed machines, such as receptionists & drafting stations.
We have two drafting stations and a Designjet 600 E-Size. We need to be
networked to share and retrieve files and also print and plot in a limited
space office. My solution;
(2) Drafting Stations with 10/100 NIC Cards (Autosensing Network Cards)
(1) Designjet 600 E-Size Plotter (NO JETDIRECT REQUIRED WITH THIS
SOLUTION!!)
(1) HP 970cse Printer
(1) Intel InBusiness 5-Port 10mbs Hub ($45-$65)
(1) Intel InBusiness Print Station ($150-$175)
Connect the NIC cards in the back of the machine (if you don't have any get
3com 905c, they are the cheapest and most reliable) your machine will
automatically detect them and install the drivers. Hook each machine up to
the 5-Port Hub. Check the light status on the front of the hub & on the back
of each machine. If there are no lights, you have problems, either a bad NIC
card or the hub is bad. THen hook up your Print Server to the hub either
with a crossover cable in the other hub port listed on the back of the hub
or with a regular rj45 network cable into one of the plugs on the back of
the hub. Now hook your two printers up to the back of the Print Server.
Restart everything to ensure all has been read by everything!
If you want to ad stations or increase the network speed you can upgrade
later without changing anything.
Our boss is tight and the less money he spends on our machines the more I
might get in the future. ANd yes, I scored brownie points with this
solution.
Hope this helps some of you in your situation.
Call InGram Micro for pricing on this stuff. The have an 800 number listed
under 1.800.555.1212
Take care.........
Member
John_Paul
Posts: 5
Registered: ‎04-26-2000
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04-27-2000 02:56 PM in reply to: John_Paul
This is true. Yes, I have & will continue to set up firms of 10 or more on a NT server & Cisco Switch. This was just a sample of the simplest and cheapest way to set-up a firm under 10. For the reasons you have listed there would be no better way. This is a great board for info-exchange.......... Take Care John Paul Taylor

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