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Connecting new computer to existing network
sarch2b Feb-14-01 09:45 PM
We have 4 computers connected together with ALN-101 cards using the 10base-2 Thin ethernet Coaxial cable (this card also has the option of using 10base-T Twisted-pair Cable)no hub. We recently purchased a Dell Precision 220 workstation. This computer appears to have a RJ45 Connector. Can I connect this new computer to the existing network using 10base-T Twisted-pair Cable from one of the other computers? Our existing computers are running Win95 and the new computer is running windows NT 4.0. Is this possible? Not too familiar with networking so any help would be greatly appreciated.

1. RE: Connecting new computer to existing network
lbyard Feb-15-01 00:24 AM
In response to message 0
Yes. You could put another network card (100BASE-TX) in one of the old computers if one of them has a PCI bus and use a crossover cable (http://duxcw.com/digest/Howto/network/cable/cable1.htm) to connect the new computer to it and the network. You could purchase a new adpter of the correct flavor for the new computer; but they are getting difficult to find. But you are wasting time and money (if you consider time and reliability to be worth money). It is time to upgrade your network from coaxial cable to twisted pair. To do that you will need four 100BASE-TC network adapters (e.g., http://duxcw.com/digest/Reviews/Network/dlink/dfe530txplus.htm) a hub or switch (http://duxcw.com/faq/network/hubsw.htm; e.g., http://duxcw.com/digest/Reviews/Network/dlink/dfe-910/dfe-910.htm) straight-thru twisted-pair cables to connect the PCs to the hub or switch. If you may want to consider sharing the Internet while you are at it, look at router/switch combinations (e.g., http://duxcw.com/digest/Reviews/Network/smc/smc7004br/smc7004br.htm; SMC makes an 8-port version). The network cards are about $20/ea; the cables are about $5 each for six feet and about $.20 for each additional foot; an 8-port switch is about $80; an 8-port router is about double the price of the switch. My thoughts on thinwire networks are at http://duxcw.com/faq/network/thinwire.htm. I built many of them years ago. You will be glad that you did it. Larry

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