Chapter 1: Planning a Network
In This Chapter
Making a network plan
Taking stock of your computer stock
Making sure that you know why you need a network
Making the three basic network decisions that you can’t avoid
Using a starter kit
Looking at a sample network
Okay, so you’re convinced that you need to network your computers. What now? Do you stop by Computers-R-Us on the way to work, install the network before drinking your morning coffee, and expect the network to be fully operational by noon?
I don’t think so.
Networking your computers is just like any other worthwhile endeavor: Doing it right requires a bit of planning. This chapter helps you to think through your network before you start spending money. It shows you how to come up with a networking plan that’s every bit as good as the plan that a network consultant would charge thousands of dollars for. See? This book is already ...