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Hi guys i'm new to networking and i want to connect 3 pcs in one network. What equipment and software i need?
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I am assuming you're looking for a wireless connection?
Wireless Router and 3 Wireless Cards.
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Yeah i want to connect the 2 desktops by cable and the netbook by wi-fi.
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You don't need any special software to set up a basic network.
All you will need is a router. Will these be wired or wireless?

Depending on your budget, there are many, many choices out there.

If you know you will only have wired connections, you can save money and go with something like this:



There are a lot of different models, but we have about 60 of these in service at my work, and they have proven to be dependable.

Having said that, I would probably go with a wireless router for more flexibility. I usually recommend this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833122326


The WNDR line of Netgear wireless routers are all very good.

It really depends on your budget. Decent wireless routers can be had for less than $50-$75.

Once you get one, the only thing you'll need is some of these:



The Belkin's are reasonably priced, and deliver good performance. You can get them in lengths from 3' to 100' (just don't go over 100m). You'll need one for each non-wireless PC you want to connect.

Setting up the wireless takes a couple of extra steps, but is pretty easy to accomplish.

If you give us more specifics on how you want to set everything up, we can give a little more detail.

Just my 2c worth...hope it helps,

Rich
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Pretty much any out of the box wireless router will support this. The wired and wireless clients reside on the same subnet and can therefore communicate without any additional configuration. The router provides DHCP to your LAN clients for IP reservation and also performs NAT to share a singular external IP with the entirety of your internal network.

The only thing you would have to do out of the box is configure an SSID (name of your wireless network), and an authentication mechanism. WPA2 with a long, preferably random passphrase and you will be good to go.
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And One question can i run an FTP server like filezilla through my network and open it on all pcs?
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