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Home Network Wiring and Setup - Chapter 2

 

Configuring the Hardware

So what do you need and how do you hook everything up? Here are examples of several setups.

Basic Network with 1 Hub or Switch -
This is about as simple a configuration as you can get. With this you can have all of your PC networked together and enjoy all of the benefits that affords you.  In the next page 'Home Network  Wiring and Setup - Chapter 3' I'll briefly describe Hubs and Switches and the Uplink port.

 

Basic Network with 2 Hubs or Switches -
This is still a pretty basic configuration. It shows how to use multiple Hubs or Switches to give you more ports.

 

Network with Broadband at the CWP and 2 Hubs or Switches -
This configuration adds Broadband access. If you have broadband access in any form such as high speed cable, DSL or whatever you'll need some form of Broadband Modem. Most of these modems come as a stand alone device or as a plug-in PC card. For a networked home the stand alone device makes the most logical configuration because it will operate independently of any one PC. Locate this broadband modem at the CWP. Now there are MANY manufacturers of these Hubs, Switches and Modem devices and they will likely label their input/output connections differently than I have in these drawings. These drawings just show a generic configuration.

 

Network with Broadband at the CWP and a Router/Switch and 2 Hubs or Switches -
This configuration adds an ALL IMPORTANT Broadband Router/Switch to your Broadband access. This Broadband Router/Switch adds an important security feature to your network - a Hardware Firewall. This Router will also allow several of your PC's to share one IP address. Without a Router most ISP's will charge you extra for each PC that is sharing their broadband access. The router will allow you to avoid these extra charges.  If you have broadband access - GET A ROUTER! They are easy to hookup and are relatively cheap (around $100) and getting cheaper. 

 

There are Many More Configurations Possible -
These are examples of just a few configurations to get you started and to help explain the concept of these various network devices. The next page will briefly describe these devices.

For more on this checkout these links:

HowStuffWorks.com - How Home Networks Work -  http://www.howstuffworks.com/home-network.htm

 

 

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