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May 15, 2014 7:33:13 PM

Hey everyone, my employer wanted a way to share files from multiple computers to one main computer without the use of internet. I offered up the idea of a cloud, but he explicitly said no use of wi-fi or internet.

Currently we have to put the files on a USB then send the USB over to the main computer.

Haven't found anything that works without internet, so I really need help.

Thanks!

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May 15, 2014 7:45:59 PM

A LAN. Local Area Network.
And it sounds like you boss wants it wired, so cat5e or 6 ethernet cable and a switch, probably an 8 port. Plus they are cheap.

You can also do the same with Wi-Fi. A program like Connectify would make it easy. Just don't connect to the internet. That whole company happened accidently. The guys were doing some work for the military, out in "the field" and got tired of swapping thumb drives. They though... "there must be a better way".
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May 15, 2014 8:07:30 PM

wdmfiber said:
A LAN. Local Area Network.
And it sounds like you boss wants it wired, so cat5e or 6 ethernet cable and a switch, probably an 8 port. Plus they are cheap.

You can also do the same with Wi-Fi. A program like Connectify would make it easy. Just don't connect to the internet. That whole company happened accidently. The guys were doing some work for the military, out in "the field" and got tired of swapping thumb drives. They though... "there must be a better way".


Thanks for the quick reply. For some reason I thought LAN's had to be connected to the internet to work. I'm not sure exactly how many computers are going to be running on this network, but I was wondering if you could maybe link to one of the switches you are talking about just so I get an idea of what it looks like. I'm a little bit noobish with networks and such, so any help is great!

Thanks again.

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May 15, 2014 8:21:40 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Switches/SubCategory/ID-30

Newegg has dozens, but the little Netgear for $50 would be fine. Anyone rated at 10/100/1000 would technically give the best transfer speeds (vs. 10/100).
Since you're not very tech savvy you may have to spend some time in Windows; configuring file sharing. But there is a tutorial. PC's with Windows 7 Pro would probably be the easiest.
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May 15, 2014 8:25:55 PM

wdmfiber said:
http://www.newegg.com/Switches/SubCategory/ID-30

Newegg has dozens, but the little Netgear for $50 would be fine. Anyone rated at 10/100/1000 would technically give the best transfer speeds (vs. 10/100).
Since you're not very tech savvy you may have to spend some time in Windows; configuring file sharing. But there is a tutorial. PC's with Windows 7 Pro would probably be the easiest.


Great! Just wondering though...don't you need a router for those switches to work? What do I do if no router is available?
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June 23, 2014 12:01:39 AM

Thanks for the post. Great information has been provided here.

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May 15, 2014 8:39:55 PM

No, you don't need a router.

But if your work had a bunch on computers in another building, acting as separate LAN(all connected via a switch). You would use two routers to link the LAN's and create a WAN, wide area network.

If you have an old router it probably has several Ethernet ports. You could use it as a switch. As that's really what routers are, just more sophisticated ones.
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VPN's are neat. If your LAN was connected to the internet through a firewall/VPN you could securely log-in from anywhere in the world(provided you had a laptop with the proprietary software and an internet connection).
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May 15, 2014 8:48:10 PM

wdmfiber said:
No, you don't need a router.

But if your work had a bunch on computers in another building, acting as separate LAN(connected via a switch). You would use two routers to link the LAN's and create a WAN, wide area network.


Interesting...all right one more question for you. Let's say I have 7 computers that I want to share a text document to one "main" computer (so 8 computers total). Could I get just one 8-slot switch and connect all the computers to that switch and they could all send text documents to that main computer without much trouble?

Thank you for the help, at least I have somewhat an idea of how to set it up hardware wise.
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May 15, 2014 9:01:47 PM

Yes and it absolutely can work like a dream. And be super fast, pretty much like the file is on your hard drive. But at first your going to struggle a bit with software(file sharing) set-up.

Windows 7 Pro and Ultimate(and probably 8) are better for LAN's that Win 7 home. You may have issues with home versions, they are more limited in LAN capabilities.

Security can also become an issue. The files on your C: drive can become accessible from any other computer on the LAN. Or not depending on how you set it up. But many LAN's are set-up "wide open" for ease.
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For work you might want to plug a NAS into the switch. Network attached storage. Basically just a Ethernet hard drive. Then everyone can put files on it.

There is so much you can do with a LAN. From surveillance cameras(potentially helpful) to kitchen appliances(ridiculous).
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May 15, 2014 9:09:57 PM

wdmfiber said:
Yes and it absolutely can work like a dream. And be super fast, pretty much like the file is on your hard drive. But at first your going to struggle a bit with software(file sharing) set-up.

Windows 7 Pro and Ultimate(and probably 8) are better for LAN's that Win 7 home. You may have issues with home versions, they are more limited in LAN capabilities.


Man, I can't thank you enough. Tomorrow I'll see what my boss thinks of it. Right now the computers are running Linux, but when he asked me to research how to connect them all he asked if I could setup a "Windows based network" so I'm guessing they will have Windows on them eventually.

Thanks again!
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