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Connecting 10 computers

Suppose you are asked to head a non-computerized department (Assume a business situation and briefly describe it). You acquired 10 computers and would like to connect them to each other. What are the steps you consider to follow? And what are the additional equipment/software you would purchase and why?

Now suppose you would like to connect the internal network you devised in Q1 to the outside world. What are the steps you consider to follow? And what are the additional equipment/software you would purchase and why? What new opportunities would you have by opening your network to the outside world present? What uses would you put it for?

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You will need an Ethernet (Ethernet is your network configuration) 10/100 PC Card for each desktop computer, a PCMCIA Card for each laptop or notebook PC, drivers (included with purchase of network card), an Ethernet cable/DSL router (with 4-port switch that can include hubs to add more than four computers), ...

Solution Summary

The steps to connect computers in a Local Area Network are explored. The additional equipment/software (along with computers) needed are described.

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