I have 4 systems at home networked using peer-to-peer style networking. It works, but it's kind of "grown" into this over time.
I'd kind of like to set it up as a single server (w/DSL) with each of the other 3 machines being accounts/users who can access it and the internet through it. I also feel like I need to learn this aspect of networking, and that this is a good method.
First question: is this a good idea, or is it preferable to stick with peer to peer? Am I getting in deeper than I need?
Second question: if this *is* the way to go, are there any docs or sites the can help me step through the process? I was frightened off of doing it by the Win2K install a few years ago, which asked for IP addresses, DHCP, DNS, and a host of other acronyms I didn't understand during the install.... nor could I make sense of the choices. What's a good resource for this? ALl I have found seems to be more concerned with how to wire it up rather than how to set up the software to make it work.
Thanks for your time and help.
1. One system runs Win2K, the others run Win XP Pro. I could change them to all XP, but wasn't sure if the server should remain a 2000 system. Open to your suggestions.
2. Nothing is wireless here. It's all 10/100 connected to an SMC Barricade and then to the DSL.