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Simple Home Network using Network Magic

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I am trying to set up a simple home network: three XP PCs will be connected to one router to share DSL, files and printers (hopefully). Two questions: would a 4 port router or 6 port router be necessary? also, has anyone had any experience with "network magic" software? It states that it makes the process easy. Thanks in advance.
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         Hi narroyo99
              *If you mean "Network Setup Wizard" yes it simplifies the process for beginners.
              *Choose same workgroup name and different PC names
              *Enable file sharing
              *Choose my computer is not a part of a domain.
              *Do not enable Internet Connection Sharing, DSL router will handle it.
              *4 port DSL router is OK for your codnition, but if you plan adding more PCs, you should buy 6 ports one
             *To start the Network Setup Wizard, click Start, click Control Panel, click Network and Internet Connections, and then click Network Connections. Under Common Tasks, click Network Setup Wizard.

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No, i did not mean the Network Setup Wizard within XP, i was referring to a separate software package called "newtork magic".
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by:Alan Huseyin Kayahan
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                Hi narroyo99
                        If we are talking about to set up a new home network, it is already so easy to do with built-in Network setup wizard and there is no need to a 3rd party software for this. Steps i mentioned are enough.

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Although I have no experience with Network Magic, PC Mag rated it highly.  Apparently helps greatly in setting up networked printers and configuring security.

As for ports on router, it really doesn't matter much.  If you need additional ports in the future, you can simply add an inexpensive switch with another 6 or 8 ports for less than $15.00.  

The main thing is to select a router that is compatible with both your DSL modem and Network Magic -- most will be.  I prefer Linksys, but there are other good home routers available.  

Select a wireless model if you need wireless capability now or in the future.  They are about the same, if not the same, price as non-wireless routers.  The Linksys WRT54G is a good choice.
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by:zephyr_hex (Megan)
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setting up a home network is not difficult using the built-in XP network wizard...especially when you have Experts Exchange to help out with any issues...

but... if you just want to get the network set up for you, then go for Network Magic.
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