Ideas for Networking

Hi there,

An easy question for anyone who is interested in earning themselves some points.  I have just built up a network at home with XP sharing the internet and printer facilities and the windows 98SE computer picking up the resources.  I am now wondering what the next step could be for working on practical networking.

The ideas could be use of applications for instance experimenting with building a web site for taking orders or taking in data.

Another Idea is installing another network system and testing that being Win2000 server.

I dont have many ideas for testing a network project for myself.  Can anyone out there give me a run down of ideas i could use? Nothing too hard I guess

The XP computer is quite powerful 1.6 GHz and 256 Ram with 80 GB

Thanks
ellikasAsked:
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mav7469Commented:
What I would suggest before you go creating web pages and e-mail accounts is to try and set up a true "Gateway and firewall" on your internet connection.  This will give you much better security and control over your internet access.  Linksis and D-Link make some good products for this for under $150.

Just my 2 cents

Good Luck

Mav7469
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ellikasAuthor Commented:
OK,

I ll look into that.  Thanks for your reply.
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TIMFOX123Commented:
If you want to have you site accessable by a constant name you can go to dyndns.org and get an account.  Your name would be something like yada.homeip.net but it is free.  You can then go to Godaddy and for 9$ get a real name (yada.com or something) and point back to your yada.homeip.net.  That is how I get my name.   You can get godday to give you a static ip address however if your IP address changes it takes 2 days to update their static ip database ( and you are off the net for 2 days).

Ecommerse is a hard (even hard to spell). A Nat router is kind of a firewall and that will permit you to put several computers on the network at one time.  You can also "point" back to different computers for different things.

Also I am a linux hound.  Have you tried Linux/apache/php for your website.  It is hard to do however when you get it, all the tools are there and it is free.  I know that some M$ people are going flame on this but free stable and powerfull is for me.  Redhat 10 has been released to the public and would be a great place to start.

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