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craigdawg
Apr 23, 2004, 01:48 PM
I have to set up a small peer-to-peer network with six PCs for a three month project and all I really need the PCs to do is share a DSL connection.

What device would would I need that could to act as a DHCP server, do NAT translations, and provide some rudimentary firewall protection for more than four PCs? (Most broadband routers have only a four port switch built in).

I don't want to do wi-fi.

I guess I could plug a hub into a broadband router?

tomf87
Apr 23, 2004, 01:53 PM
...I guess I could plug a hub into a broadband router?

You hit the nail on the head there. Just get a basic router with a four port switch, then get another 4-port or 8-port switch to connect to the router.

If it were my decision, I'd go for an 8-port switch, if it were an office. The cost is minimal, and you have expansion room. And don't get a hub. They are very inefficient and the cost of a switch will get you greater network bandwidth available to the systems without much cost.

jeremy.king
Apr 23, 2004, 02:35 PM
Like one of these

http://www.linksys.com/products/product.asp?grid=34&scid=29&prid=604

tomf87
Apr 23, 2004, 04:07 PM
Like one of these

http://www.linksys.com/products/product.asp?grid=34&scid=29&prid=604


Well, lookie there. I didn't know there was a broadband router with an 8-port switch. That will work nicely.

craigdawg
Apr 23, 2004, 06:12 PM
Thanks! That looks like good solution for my little project.