I share an apartment
with 4 other people. We have one phoneline. We have five computers
. For an entire 8 months, we hated eachother for the simple reason that no one could *ever* use the phone, since someone was always a) calling us, b) calling out, c) using their modem, d) bitching about having been kicked off when trying to use their modem. Argh.
Now, having considered a networking project before, I had 500 ft. of cat5 cable
sitting around, one crimper
, 25 RJ-45
connectors, and one 10baseT
8-port hub. All cheap shit, but it cost me a total of $50. My roommate, finally fed up with the phone situation, subscribed to Bell's DSL service. Great.
I actually got motivated. I banged a hole through our wall with a wooden spoon I found in the kitchen. I ran a 10ft. cable I had left over from the dorms through the wall to his room, and plugged the puppy into the hub. I plugged my computer into the hub with another leftover 10ft. cable. I threw a new NIC
into his computer, since the other one was for the DSL
line. Tested it out, and viola: a network...
I cut and crimped three cords (100', 120', and 45'), something I had *no* idea how to do. I did *not* have a cable tester. One broken RJ-45 connector later, everything was up and working. I threw "Client for Microsoft Networking
" onto everyone's computer, along with TCP/IP
for games. I specified each one's IP, and set their Workgroup. I duct-tape
d the cable along the walls, since the place is such a dump already that no one will notice. Fearing the worst, I hooked my roomies iMac
up as well, thinking there was *no* way it was going to work. I downloaded a cheapo freeware
proxy server. Boom. Up and running. WWW
worked... AOL IM
I messed around in the iMac settings until I found the PPP settings, and I specified the proxy server
IP in Internet Explorer
. Viola - iMac is online.
Don't ever let anyone tell you it's hard to put a network up. I'm a computer science major, but I don't know the first thing about LAN
s and the whatnot, unfortunately. Sure, I could have bunggled around with a Linux box, NAT
, or other scariness. I love a challenge, too, you know. BUT.. I also love having high-speed 'net access NOW... and that's what I have, not a headache from setting up a linux
box (let alone finding one to be dedicated..). Since I'm in and out of BeOS
, win95, QNX
rtp, Linux, and OS/2
everyday (OS's give me a hardon) I couldn't put the DSL
line on my machine.. Thus: the evil demon that is Microsoft
comes through again. I even found a proxy server that handles DNS
, so everyone's computer has nifty names like 'mike.2009Bishop.mtl' (for Mike's computer, at 2009 Bishop St, Montreal
).. This impresses the dumbies to no end.
Well.. that's it.