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    help setting up small office network

    wats up guys im currently trying to setup a network in a real estate office for a friend of mine... he wants to keep it low budget since its going to be very user friendly. here are some info on infrastructure.

    A total of 16 computers...4 of which are going to access the same files... 1 printer/fax everyone will access the internet and 1 wifi connection point for the public....help me out here guys ... he kinda wants to stay away from expensive server since its going to be real user friendly and only 4 people are going to be using private files.

    thanks

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    Most real estate offices run on internet based ASP stuff these days..but some old school ones/smaller ones still do a lot of local files. Contact management, etc.

    2x things...for the file storage...you must keep the wireless separate from the office network. Easy enough these days with some SOHO/small biz rated hardware, many of which can make this easy through a feature called VLANs. Effectively a VLAN will create individual networks...that are not able to access each other.

    Do they rely heavy on e-mail?
    Do they have remote access needs?

    Even though you only say 4x PCs will access the same files....if remote access, e-mail, and shared fax are a need of theirs....look into Microsoft Small Business Server. Another feature SBS has is Sharepoint...which they may find handy. SBS starts with 5x user cals...do you think they may have approx 5K in their budget?
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    yea they have 5k... doesnt sound bad but im a little confused with VLANS.. another thingis that im having a brain fart on how to do the physical connections... meaning from the dsl to a router and then what... I know I need a switch or two but where do I connect the wireless access point for internet access for the public..I have knowledge of networking im just having some trouble changing gears.thanks for the help... BTW the 2x you mentioned above is that application server software correct?

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    oh yea and they somewhat rely on email...nothing big... and they dont care about remote access

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    Super budget alternatives....
    Setup a small peer to peer network with the 4x machines that need to share files...have the fastest, newest one with a large hard drive..share out a folder. Setup a backup routine on that PC, using something like an Iomega REV drive.

    Or get a little NAS appliance to do the sharing.

    But I'd push for the SBS approach first. My experience with businesses...they may say up front that they don't want a server or all of that stuff....but soon as they see all these cool functions you can do with SBS..they love it, and start using it much more...and then they get a sense of value.
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    ok sounds cool...but how exactly do i set it up....

    meaning...from the dsl port on the wall to a router? and from router to a switch?

    This is when i get lost...i mean i know the encapsulation each of these network adapters uses but i dunno y im having a hard time trying to "SETUP" the network. Thanks for your help

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    How you set it up depends on the hardware that you have, and what other equipment you're mixing in.

    Generally yes...broadband modem into router...router uplinks to a switch. However...if you have a server running a domain...you need to do a few more things....check this link for a peek...
    http://www.speedguide.net/read_articles.php?id=1660
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    good info man... another question... what type of ISP service will I need...meaning would I be able to use a regular $35 per month service that is used at home or would I need something with more options... also one of my CCNA TEACHERS is going to hookme up with a cisco 2600 series router but it has serial ports to connect to other networks and 2 fast ethernet ports...howcan I go from lets say the dsl modem to that from....I know about DTE/DCE but I cant putit to work...thanks for the feedback

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    Hi

    Quote Originally Posted by tobe1424 View Post
    wats up guys im currently trying to setup a network in a real estate office for a friend of mine... he wants to keep it low budget since its going to be very user friendly. here are some info on infrastructure.

    A total of 16 computers...4 of which are going to access the same files... 1 printer/fax everyone will access the internet and 1 wifi connection point for the public....help me out here guys ... he kinda wants to stay away from expensive server since its going to be real user friendly and only 4 people are going to be using private files.

    thanks
    Hi,

    Well to start you can try to have a small switch/hub up to 20 users. All the computers you can run from the switch. Depending on the operating system, you can set some policies to allow or deny access to some files. It is advisable to use Win Server OS, at list you can control internal and external network. The computer which will be running the OS, can be just a normal desk top nothing special. Specially when client doesnít want any fancy desktop. Printer you can connect to the switch/hub, install it on all the computers, plus make sure it is shared. Same will apply to Wifi. You canít have too much of so called user friendly network, because of your users will cause too much havoc if it is not controlled. You can implement user level or admin level access. In my opinion it is always best to have admin base access with passwords that will be administered by you.

    Hope this will help you.

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    thanks man..it does help on the $$ side

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