Dear Forum (a.k.a. Larry)
I need so networking advice. This is my setup.
I have cable modem set up in the basement.
I have D-link DI-704 is connected to the modem.
(spare parts: DFE-904 D-Link 4/port hub)
From the second floor:
I have a laptop (PentiumPro 200 / Win 95) that has HP Deskjet Printer attached.
I then ran some cat5 from the 2nd floor to the basement (didn’t a crimping tool) and used modular jacks at both ends of the run, then used a patch cable to connect from the juction box to the router.
In the basement:
I put in another run of cat5 of about 35feet and basically did the same thing, using jacks and a patch cable, to which I connected to the router for the AMD K-6/2 500 (win98SE) which has an Epson LQ 510 Dot matrix printer attached to it (but the kids don’t like using that printer, the rather use the color one…).
The AMD 733 (Win98SE) has an Epson Stylus 600 Color , it’s close to the router therefore I ran a patch cable to the router. Everything runs fine no conflicts with my NIC’s.
Now, here’s the poop! I don’t want to buy an additional printer, I would rather have the machines use the ones I have! I hate having the machines turn on because the kids want to print something in color, therefore that only leaves one solution….get a print server, do you agree?
Right now I’m a “stay at home Dad” until the economy gets better, (is it worse in “The County”).
So I’ve been checking out E-Bay at: http://listings.ebay.com/aw/plistings/list/all/category20322/index.html
You’ve seen what I got, and what should I get? If I can’t trust someone in the “Network” business, who can I trust….
Any suggestions will considered.
(formerly from Fort Kent)