We have a 2 computer PC network running on WIN98SE using Microsoft Network. The computers are 300 feet apart and are connected by a 10 Base T (very thin) coaxial cable. We use LINKSYS LNEPCI II PCI Ethernet Adapter cards. We run a large hospitality software program that is data heavy.
We are preparing to upgrade both our operating system and also have the option to bury new network cable. Due to physical barriers (buildings & huge trees) we do not see wireless as an option, but are open to any suggestions. Here are our questions:
1. Is WIN2000 or WINXP a better choice for OS upgrade?
2. Is there a better cable option at this distance? We have phone lines available for network use, but have been told the distance is too great for networking without boosters.
3. DSL could be routed to our property but we currently use only dial-up. Could one new cable serve our network and handle DSL to our cabins?
Our knowledge is good on systems but patchy on networking. We live in rural Montana and our phone/DSL service comes from a co-op which struggles to keep up with technology advances and is of little help. Thanks for whatever help you can provide!