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How to setup a small office network with win2k pro

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I have 6 pcs to make a network of 4 in one room( 3 of them has win2k pro and 1 win98 SE), another pc 15-20 meters away in another room has win2k pro, the last pc is 20-30 meters away in another room and has win2k pro.

These are in an office and I need to make a network to share printers and files.

What is the best solution and what do I need?

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I would suggest using a wireless access point so you don't have to run wire everywhere.  Are you sharing an internet connection as well?  Many vendors make wireless routers/access points, Linksys, Netgear, D-Link, etc...

Buy a Wireless Access Point and a wireless NIC for your computers (If there are computers in the room with the Access Point you can plug directly into it to save some costs) then setup the windows shares/printer etc...
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thanks JFrederick29

Yes I will share internter and (LPT) printers.

Is that solution cheaper than the wired one?
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The cost difference between a wired and wireless broadband router is really small.  I would buy a wireless router, comes with 4 port switch, then plug the computers near the access point into it, and then use wireless for the ones in the other rooms.  Would be much cleaner and easier than running cable throughout your location.  

You could then, on the computer that the printer is connected to, share it and grant the other computers access to the printer using local user accounts.

Wireless router will cost around $75 and the wireless network cards will cost around $50 each.

If you are truly concerned about speed on the local LAN (not Internet) for file sharing then having a 100mbps switch into a router would be your best bet.  But if you aren't going to be doing huge transfers between computers all the time, wireless is the way to go.
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