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LAN Gaming for Dummies: 8-port Switches and You!

Postby the server » Tue Oct 21, 2008 11:28 am

Hey all! New here and would like to bounce a question off ya:

Networking is the weakest link in my chain of 1337N355. :?

Say I've got an 8-port switch (the or the for example). I wanna set up a 4-8 PC gaming LAN. I can supply any patches, maps, etc. via disc to the participants (so my Comcast broadband across an N-WAN can excluded from the network, right?). In layman's terms, what else do I need hardware-wise (excluding ethernet cable of course) and how do I set it up? For instance, does it matter which port the "serving" PC connects to? What is the significance of DHCP? Remember, I'm a networking dummy so go slow, please.

Your help and guidance is very much appreciated.


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Postby Steve_Jobs » Wed Oct 22, 2008 12:36 pm

>what else do I need hardware-wise?

do you mean like game servers, tables, chairs, power cords, power strips? along the same lines, it'd be a good idea to map out your power plugs to the circuit breaker. if you have some heavy duty systems (500+ watt PS) they could cause the circuit breaker to trip if you have too many people on the same line. just something to be aware of... you might want to spread them around.



>does it matter which port the "serving" PC connects to?

in general, no. They used to require crossover cables to link them up, but most of the newer switches are autodetecting so that shouldn't be a problem.



>What is the significance of DHCP?

some of the other guys might be able to answer this better than i do... but we had a dedicated server (the little gibber if I remember correctly) that handled all our DHCP needs. If you have a home router that's handing out IP address you should be ok. Do you have a linksys router or something like that? They usually put you in a 192.168.0.0 range. The people attending your lan would need to set their systems for dynamic IP (as opposed to static). You could go all static, but we found it easier to go dynamic when you have a lot of people.


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