Build a non p2p network
Posted on 2003-10-24
I've currently got three pcs connected to a netgear dg814 adsl router, running in a p2p setup (ie there is no server, all 3 computers can merely access each other's files via the router).
My dad keeps complaining about the rate at which ink on his printer gets used up (his computer has 2 printers connected to it and the other 2 computers can access these via the network), and so I found a program called papercut which can track print usage.
However, in order for this to work properly, I need the network to be set up in a server-client arrangement. I need to know how to do this, so that my dad's computer is the server, and the other two can logon to the network.
There are, however, a few problems:
1. I don't know how to set up a server-client network.
2. My computer is running winxp pro, but my dad's computer is only using winxp home and the third computer is on win98se.
3. I would use my computer as the server as it is the fastest (p4 2.1ghz compared with p2 400mhz and an old amd k6-200mhz) and is running xp pro, but i can't have the printers attached to my computer as they need to be in the same room as my dad's.
Basically what I need to know is: is it possible to use an xp home pc as a server, and will running a slow server significantly slow down it or the other computers in the network?
Oh and if anyone knows of any other (free) print analysis type software i could use which might work better, that'd be a help too.