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What is the best way to make a home network?

by MyWifeIsDead / November 3, 2010 8:34 PM PDT

Few friends moved at my place for a while and we'd like to make a home network so we can play games, share files, use the same printer, etc. What is the best way to do this if I start from scratch?
All PCs will be wiped clean, I'll install Windows XP on all of them... and then what? Do I need to make a local domain or Workgroup is fine? I can dedicate one old machine to be a Domain Controller with Active Directory for them, but does it give anything more than storing usernames/passwords on one place? We are just 5 guys/PCs and 2 printers so is there any benefit from using DC?

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Re: home network
by Kees_B Forum moderator / November 3, 2010 8:49 PM PDT

Not necessary to wipe all PC's clean. Should work with existing XP, Vista and Windows 7.
And I certainly wouldn't complicate things by using an Active Directory server and Domains.
Just give all PC's the same workgroup name and it should work.

Things you can consider:
- use NAS (network attached storage) for sharing files. That's a hard disk with an Ethernet controller that connects to the router.
- use a printer that connects to the router also. That way, it can be used by any PC without relying on the PC it's connected to being started.


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A bit late, but...
by MyWifeIsDead / November 10, 2010 6:52 PM PST
In reply to: Re: home network

Thank you. I just made a workgroup and joined the PCs to it. It works great so far Happy

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