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Can I connect 3 computers, 1 server (2003) and 2 clients (XP) using a switch?

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Anonymous
December 15, 2011 4:57:41 PM

Can I connect 3 computers, 1 server (2003) and 2 clients (XP) using a switch? Or do I have to buy a router?

Can anyone recommend one I can buy for a small network at home, I want to play about with it, learn active directory and exchange and stuff, could you recommend a router or a switch for that please?

Thank you.
December 15, 2011 6:13:55 PM

Yes, you can do that. A router is used to connect one network to another, like your local network to the Internet.

Unless you are using a DHCP server on your server box, you will need to assign static IP addresses, like 192.168.2.xxx where xxx is between 1 and 254. (0 and 255 are reserved).
Anonymous
December 16, 2011 10:42:37 AM

Many thanks, and just one more question please? I bought a netgear GS605 switch (5 ports), gigabit speed, can i stick the printer in there as well, as the 2 clients and 1 server, and use the printer server feature on server 2003?

Thanks again.
December 16, 2011 10:26:47 PM

Yes, as long as all the computers can communicate with each other and the printer is set for shared on the server.
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