Hey, what is with you guys, wheneva I come home about a zillion of you answer my posts at once and I'm left behind! Oh, and you still haven't told me how to stick pictures on the forums, would be much easier to show my plan of the system...
To answer your question whoever it was (can't find you on the forum so you are now demoted to gerbil status), yes I suspected my IT txtbook was probably a little outdated... It's got stuff about Fortran and Pascal innit for gawdsakes! This is an A-Level course, not degree
However, this book was made in 1996, so it's not THAT ancient, although it's behind the curve... if you want to look it up, here's the ISBN. Happy reading:
Despite, I have about 2 free PCI slots and all 3 ISA, just no free backplates... and I've got the bare minimum near enough anyway... backplate for the printer port, one for USB, sound card, modem card and 1 for sumin else, can't rememba wot tho... probably important lol
ANApex, that sounds like a good solution, and it's not THAT far off what I was thinking of... score 1 for the newb
But I never said I WANTED to use thinnet, it was just one of my options...
Oh, and lenzemann, primary concern is that it works
Secondary concern is that it works to acceptable standards. Third concern is that it doesn't fall down around my ears when I turn it on, and fourth concern is that it's fast.
Then, and only THEN, will I consider cost hehe
Operational budget is therefore about £100 max, I figure I'm spending about a grand on this system, another hundred won't hurt
So, the plan is, get a hub/switch with print server, whack the printer on there, then connect up the two computers with 10 or 100baseT, depending on my mood...
Oh, and the obsession for topologies was mainly because a bus one needs terminators to work properly, which are an expensive. And I was under the illusion that a star network needed a server for some reason...
That's ESSENTIALLY what I'm building isn't it? Put the hub at the centre, then connect all the stuff to the hub...
Hey I've just had a thought... If I can get the printer off my old pc, it means I don't need the plate for it. That frees up a slot!!!!!!
In the words of Ali G, "Bling Bling",