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May 4, 2002 9:36:34 PM

Alright, I need help buying a switch. I want to be able to connect computers to it so that they'll be able to get onto the internet, without taking my main on out of commision. So...I'm getting a switch. :smile:

<A HREF="http://www.btvillarin.com/assets/current.bmp" target="_new">Here's a current sketch of how my setup looks like</A>

I'm planning on connecting the router (PC) to the switch, then the switch will be connected to the main computer, plus any other computers that need it when people come over for help. Don't worry, I'll switch the cable back to a standard CAT5.

Plus, since I have this laptop from my friend, will this enable me to share files with my main computer?

I'm gonna be going to my nearest PC Club (the one in Monrovia, CA). Can you tell me which one to get? Price <b>is</b> an object. :lol: 

If you can email me, I'd like that better, if it's okay. I'll be able to check my email after I coach my baseball team, then go straight to PC Club. <A HREF="mailto:feedback@btvillarin.com">feedback@btvillarin.com</A>

Thanks a million!
Bryan

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May 5, 2002 1:54:16 AM

Yea that'll work if your router there is running a dhcp server too. A little confusing at first but I remember you saying you use an old pc for your router then the crossover cable made sense =).

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May 5, 2002 2:26:44 AM

Yeah, BBIagent's currently enabled for a DHCP server right now. But, I'm planning on making the switch over to Freesco tonight, because I'd like to be a print server too (in case another computer wants to print).

Unfortunately, I don't have the tools converting my crossover back to straight, and I can't ask my friend for the stuff by tomorrow. So, I just bought a straight one for $5 (ouch).

I already bought the switch. The 5-port EZ500-S GigaFast for $29 from PC Club. Dang, this thing is tiny, too! 11cm long, 1.9cm tall, and 6.6cm wide. I'll tell you how it goes.

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May 5, 2002 2:46:50 AM

rofl.


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May 5, 2002 2:52:55 AM

What the...what was so funny? :eek: 

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May 5, 2002 3:06:18 AM

hey thanks for the tip on the switch. It looks pretty sweet. I think I'm going to have to buy one. Hope it doesn't have a fan, as the one I want to replace does, and t makes too much noise when everything else in the room has been shut down.

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May 5, 2002 3:56:31 AM

Alright, I'm back up and running...with the switch. I didn't have to replace my crossover cable, too! I was a cable short, so I had to force myself to use it from a switch port to my main computer. And, it's working flawlessly. I'm hoping that the transfer doesn't degrade, but I think I'm fine.

All's I gotta do now is get Freesco up with it serving as a print server, and my mission will be complete. :wink:

To comment about the switch, it's just sitting quietly next to and under my behemoth of a monitor. I don't think there's any fan, so I think that's just awesome. Plus, it really is palm sized! (If I didn't mention that already.)

<font color=purple>What I wish is that I had CAT5 cable in bulk, and bunch of jacks, and a crimper. My current cables are way too long, and I need like at least two more right now.</font color=purple> :lol: 

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May 5, 2002 10:30:14 AM

What I did is get a box of 1000' Cat5, and an RJ45 crimper (plus a stripper). This way I can always make whatever length I need. Solved my "I wish I had one foot longer" woes.

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May 5, 2002 3:02:09 PM

The only reason why I'm not gonna get one is because I'm not networking more than two computers. I want to be able to hook up someone elses computer without unconnecting mine. Hopefully they'll understand I had to pay to get the switch and stuff and give me a couple bucks... :eek: 

If I get the money, I'll almost be certain that I'll do this.

<b>Edit</b>: The three things you're suggesting I get is the crimper (Newegg # 99-888-005), 1000 feet of cable (Newegg # 12-117-504), and a 100-pack of cable plugs (Newegg # 12-117-503). Total comes out to $103. Do you think I can just get a 100 feet of cable, then just resize it the way I want? I don't need 1000 feet right now, or the $103. :lol: 

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May 5, 2002 4:37:37 PM

If you don't need a 103$ i'll take it. I accept paypal too.

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May 5, 2002 5:00:33 PM

Oops... :lol:  You know what I mean, I think...

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May 5, 2002 7:21:55 PM

That you want to give me money ofcourse.

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May 6, 2002 7:15:06 AM

100' would probably work.

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May 6, 2002 9:43:00 AM

cant you get the ends and cable locally? not sure about where you live, but over here I buy cable for 10p/foot, and ends seperately also. I often thought of buying a roll, but it would just get in the way so I just bought a large length. In my opinion, the investment in the crimp too is well worth it.


If they squeeze olives to get olive oil, how do they get baby oil?
May 6, 2002 2:28:18 PM

I'm gonna check out a nearby Fry's to see what they've got. I bought the switch with a Credit Card, and maybe I'll do the same for this. :lol: 

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May 6, 2002 4:18:25 PM

is that your own card? if not, Im sure I could think of something that you could order for me at the same time :) 


If they squeeze olives to get olive oil, how do they get baby oil?
May 6, 2002 4:56:02 PM

Cute CALV... :lol: 

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