Originally Posted by beefdog
Alright i just kinda need to know what kind of hardware and software im gonna need to run this lan. Im planning on around 30 + people. And the games of choice are l4d 2, cs source and tf2. So assume i have nothing but my sig rig...what kind of stuff am i going to need for this
OK, you're going to need:
1) Enough Ethernet ports (and cables). That's 30 people (including you), a router for DHCP and Internet access, and a machine to run the game servers and serve files, unless you want to do that on your sig. rig.
I suggest hitting eBay and getting a 48 port 10/100 switch, it'll likely work out cheaper than buying a 24 port and a 16 port. I recently got a 24 port D-Link 1Gbit switch for about $80 off eBay. 10/100 units should be much cheaper.
2) A router for DHCP. If you can connect the switch to your existing broadband router, you're set.
3) Game & file server. Your own machine could likely do this job with no hassle.