Please advise best way to set up a home/office network
Posted on 2008-06-17
I'm hoping you can give me some advice on how to set up a home network. I'm intermediate level at XP, beginner at Vista, beginner at networking.
I have 4 computers at home, say A, B, C and D. Presently the setup is that the firstl 3 work individually whereas the fourth is unused. All 3 are connected to a hard wired router.
Laptop A - Dell, XP home SP2, connected by USB to Samsung mono laser and HP inkjet printers, used for home only.
Laptop B - Samsung, XP Tablet, borrows printers from A, used for work only
Laptop C - Acer, Vista home, Dell colour laser, used for home mainly and a little work.
No printer has 10/100 connection - all are parallel / USB..
I have a further desktop computer D which is presently unused and could be used as a server I believe. It is XP home SP2.
It would be nice if I could link these all together somehow, all 3 laptops being able to talk to each other and the server (which would be data storage mainly) and to all 3 printers.
Ideally I would go to wireless internet access, but that's not essential.
I would like to synchronise Outlook 2003 across laptops A and B, but not with laptop C which has a different user.
And of course I'd like to do it for minimum cost!
Please can you give me options or point me in the right direction?