Building a LAN
your own Ethernet LAN (local area network) is not nearly as difficult as
it may seem. Using features from your OS and some special hardware
(including cables, NICs, a hub/router, and an Internet connection), you
can easily, and quickly, build a nifty home network complete with Internet
access and file-sharing capabilities. The necessary hardware is easily
obtained, and reasonably priced, making an Ethernet LAN possible for
anyone with multiple computers, and the need to network them.
General Information A
clear understanding of a LAN, as well as its limitations, is very helpful
when considering the structure of your Ethernet LAN. You’ll need to
decide on the physical structure that is best-suited for your networking
needs. Visit SearchNetworking.com
to read their definition of a LAN and information about LAN network
technologies, hardware, and implementation strategies. General LAN
information described in non-technical terms is available at the Web
. A brief essay about building a LAN can be found on the Web page www.johnscloset.net/lan/.
This essay describes the hardware and configuration of an Ethernet LAN
that allows the computers on the network to share an Internet connection.
This essay is just one part of a networking primer that contains
discussions about LANs, WANs, and hardware.
LAN Resources Possibly
the best sources for information about networking, Ethernet, and LANs is
one of the many LAN tutorials found on the Web. LAN tutorial sites are
LAN Hardware and
Software The number of households with more than one PC is growing
each year. The need for communication between these PCs and shared
devices, such as printers and hard drives, has spawned a large market for
network hardware. Consumers are faced with a variety of choices, from
running Cat-5 cables between PCs, to wireless access.
The basic building blocks
of simple and inexpensive LAN are a hub/router, Cat-5 cabling, and NIC for
each computer on the network. You can check the price and availability of
these items at Web sites such as www.pricewatch.com/. Both of these
sites allow you to compare different products and purchase the products
that you choose.
Additional Links For
an interesting perspective on LAN gaming, visit www.gideontech.com/.
This site provides information about LAN parties--communities of gamers
within a LAN who play interactive games, complete with instant messaging.
Are you looking for a good book about building a high-speed LAN? Visit the
for several recommended books about building LANs.