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Connecting a computer to another computer is very easy nowadays, when compared to 10 years ago (a time only trained engineers could do that). Today, it’s easy and cheap.
Make sure you have these peripherals handy:
1. Ethernet cable appropriate for the situation.
When connecting a computer directly to another computer, one on one, or in computer terms we call it “peer-to-peer”, we’ll need a crossover Ethernet cable. The length depends on the distance between the 2 computers.
When connecting more than 2 computers at once, we’ll need straight Ethernet cable. The length depends on the distance from each computer to the switch/router.
This Ethernet cable is very cheap, only less than $0.50 per meter, and can be easily ordered from any computer store at a very low price. It won’t even take a long time to wait before the cables are ready.
Depends on the real application, we’ll need a switch or a router to connect more than 2 computers to create a larger network. Setting up peer-to-peer connection between 2 computers will not require any switch nor router. What about a hub? Hub is outdated. Switch is better. Router is like a programmable switch, used in a more complex application.
3. Ethernet card / LAN port
Older computers will need Ethernet card (Network Interface Card). Newer computers have LAN port built-in at the motherboard, and thus, requires no further intervention.
Now, the steps to set up the connection:
1. Connect cords appropriately (to LAN ports/NIC and to switch/router)
2. Click on Start, Connect To, Show All Connections. Make sure that Local Area Network connection is enabled.
By the above steps, the connection is already set up and running. But on many applications, we’ll need to assign static IP address instead of dynamic IP address obtained by the above scheme. If you need to set up static IP address, these are the additional steps required to complete the setup.
3. We want to set up a ‘family’ for this computer network, with same family of IP address (IP address will never be the same between computers within a network).
4. Right click on Local Area Network connection, click Properties. Click on TCP/IP, click Properties.
5. Choose to assign IP address manually.
IP address consists of 4 sets of numbers: xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx. The first 2 sets are always # The third is recommended to be 1. The last set can be used to identify each computer, and I personally prefer to avoid number 0 and 1. I usually start with 2. So, if there are 5 computers
The world of technology leads to newer and better inventions. Since, technology is growing at a fast pace, it is likely one would want to stay at the top by buying the latest and better item. now, when one talks about the cable networking world, Cat6 is the latest and believed to the best out of the lot. However, Cat5e is no less in offering high speed as compared to latest category version. Since long, the category 5 has been considered a standard Ethernet cable for speedy voice signals. by using this twisted pair of cable, which is a perfect information carriage, is highly useful for reducing noise.
Benefits of the Category 5 cable
An enhanced version to cat5, the Cat5e Cable adds speed and reduces electromagnetic interference, transmitted from one unshielded pair to another pair of twisted cable. Apart from this, there are multiple benefits one can experience over the use of this category 5. One of the main benefits of using this cable is that it does not cause any sort of operational disturbances when used for business purpose. it is compatible with the earlier version of Category 5 and offers high capacity in terms of signal-carrying. the cable was originally designed to transfer data at the speed of 100 megabits per second. However, with the increased data processing speed and capacity of the computers, this cable actually performs 10 times more to the original speed.
Another major advantage of using this cable is that it supports and Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet and fast Ethernet connection. Substantial improvement has been noticed upon this cable, as it is rates at 350 megahertz, relatively a good figure for information-carrying feature of the bandwidth system. the cable has upgraded its PVC protective jacket’s thickness; hence, its overall durability has been improved.
Device Usage of This Cable
It is one type of cable used to establish Ethernet network. One can use it for building telephone lines, videos and ATM connections. Such cabling process adds to building a reliable and strong network. most organizations and companies use the cabling system for establishing a reliable network connection. Here Cat5e cable is best choice for setting such network. it transfers data at relatively high speed, while most networks depend on these cables for transmitted data to different electronic devices falling within the local area network (LAN).
The unshielded and twisted pair of this cable is used for eliminating noise that interferes from different electrical devices. Used with RJ-45 connectors, they are also used or networking the telephone lines. the high speed integrity of this cable generated at 1000 megabits transmits information at faster pace. So, the cable can also be used for connecting different computers to a router or a switch.
When you buy Cat5e to serve your business purpose, see that it meets all your needs. the customers can be assured about the quality of the cable which though a little expensive ensures smooth and efficient working. if you buy a good quality cable you can expect best cabling result in terms of output. One must keep in mind the future requirements and design an information processing system accordingly. An upgraded cable handles problems of higher frequency and generates quality result right after its first installation.
When trying to get the maximum performance from your computer or networked components, upgrading to a gigabit Ethernet card may be your best option. when combined with a gigabit compatible router and other network accessories, these cards are capable of delivering high speed networking at a much faster rate than traditional Ethernet cards. This improved networking ability makes the gigabit Ethernet card advantageous for many network tasks.
Improved networking means increased speed for your home or office network. With gigabit Ethernet cable and other compatible networking components, your network will see significant increases in responsiveness, equating to fast file transfers, printing operations and media sharing.
Using a gigabit Ethernet card, local area network (LAN) gamers can experience enhanced game play. The higher throughput of the gigabit equipment means the data from your games transfers faster, equating to faster reaction times, increased control and amplified responsiveness in your favorite LAN games. using gigabit technology, lag is virtually nonexistent and those old favorite games you gave up long ago can become exciting new games again.
Media sharing also becomes more exciting when utilizing gigabit technology. Streaming video to your television or music to your home stereo system becomes faster, almost comparable to watching the video on DVD or listening to music on your Mp3 player. In some cases, the streamed video and music may even have better quality than traditional media sources. that old computer we all have sitting around can easily be converted into a media server for the whole network, providing a safe way to store your favorite videos and music for later playback.
The caveat to this is that the network is only as fast as its slowest component. if you upgrade only your main computers Ethernet card, you may still experience bottlenecks in the speed of the network because slower components cannot transfer the data at the same high speeds. to see maximum performance, all of the Ethernet cards in your network should be upgraded to gigabit Ethernet cards with the appropriate cabling and router.
The use of a gigabit Ethernet card in conjunction with a compatible gigabit Ethernet router and cabling may also improve your internet speeds. it should be noted however that this is contingent upon the capped speed of your Internet service provider. while the gigabit compatible equipment can transfer information very quickly within your intranet, the private network of your home or office, the speed may still be bottlenecked by a slow Internet connection.
Review Running network traffic over the data-unfriendly environment of mains wiring is a trick Reg Hardware has been enthusing about for some years now. Only once in that time has anyone integrated it into another product.
That, to refresh your memory, was a power brick Netgear put out for its routers. It was a standard AC adaptor with a built-in powerline feed and an Ethernet cable to get data in and out of the router.
Mains serving: D-Link’s DHP-1565 router
D-Link’s DHP-1565 Wireless N PowerLine Gigabit Router may have a name that’s a bit of a mouthful, but it’s a far better attempt at powerline integration than Netgear’s effort was.
This time the powerline adaptor – the power brick too, for that matter – are inside the case, so there are no extra cables to confuse the punters. It really is plug and go, and you can have the thing up and running – from a powerline perspective – in seconds.
The usual array of router portage – powerline runs through the A/C in, of course
The DHP-1565 doesn’t come with extra powerline adaptors, so you’ll need to factor in extra money for them, but you’d have to do the same if you were buying any other wireless basestation whose reach you want to extend with powerline.
The D-Link supports the IEEE 1901 standard at a peak speed of 500Mbps – that’s 250Mbps peak on the uplink or downlink – which means it’s also compatible with the 200Mbps HomePlug AV spec. The router’s four Ethernet ports are Gigabit, as is its fifth Ethernet port, to which you hook up your broadband box.
IPv6 is well supported
For folk like me who want to turn the device off when it’s not in use – overnight, say – there’s a power switch on the back, and switch to flip the box into Access Point mode if you want to use it that way.
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HDMI is a great technology, but if you have to run the cable over long distances they’re not the most reliable. Ethernet cable (or, more correctly, Cat5e/Cat6 cable), on the other hand, is better at traveling many feet. It’s also cheaper. the solution? use an Ethernet cable to extend your HDMI connections. All you need is this little adapter.
As Apartment Therapy Tech points out, the cost of running HDMI over long distances is about 80 cents per foot, whereas Cat5e/Cat6 is only 15 cents. Seems like a pretty good deal.
UPDATE: Some people feel it’s better to just pay up for the expensive, lengthy HDMI cables, and here’s why. We’re not saying one way or the other is correct/best, but just want to provide you with both sides of the story so you can make an informed choice.
HDMI Extender using Cat5e or CAT6 Cable ($18) | Monoprice via Apartment Therapy
Running cable out for a network operations centre is a challenge; you have a variety of cable types for different needs. When it comes to the physical construction of the cables, there are four basic types to consider.
First, nearly all of these cable types are some variety of unshielded twisted pair or UTP cable; this refers to two twisted pairs of comer conductors, wrapped up in a polyurethane cladding. UTP uses several properties of electromagnetic propagation to send signals, by varying the voltages on the cables differentially. there are other types of cables (fibre optic, and shielded cable are two), but unless you need their specific benefits, twisted pair copper is the most cost effective. (Fibre optic offers more bandwidth, but is significantly more expensive, and somewhat more fragile, shielded cabling adds expense, but not performance, and is mostly used in places where the electromagnetic transmissions from networking cables can cause problems.)
Of twisted pair copper cables, there are a couple of subtypes. Stranded is the most common type – if you plug a network or Ethernet cable from your router to a computer, this is the likeliest type. It’s made up of strands of copper wound together in an insulator; over longer distances, it loses its signal carrying capacity, it has the advantage of being less expensive and flexible and finally it’s easier to torque or bend stranded cable to meet a particular requirement.
Solid cable uses one larger wire in each insulating run; it has significant electrical performance issues, meaning it will in this context transmit data further with fewer losses. Most of the dedicated wiring in buildings that have network wiring built in is using solid cable. If you’ve ever had to pull stiff cable through walls or a drop ceiling, this is the cable type you’ve had hands on experience with.
If you’ve heard of CAT5 cable (or CAT3, or CAT5a) and had someone selling you CAT6 or CAT7, you’re seeing one of the major differences between stranded and solid cable right there – transmission distances. Transmission distance for a cable goes up with the capability of the cable to carry electricity – thicker cabling carries electricity with fewer losses over a given distance; better insulation also improves transmission distances. while running multiple cables together (like stranded cable does) can approximate what solid cable does, it’s not as effective or robust, though flexibility and reduced expense are good benefits.
CAT 6 cable is CAT5 cable with better shielding and a thicker wire; CAT 5a is CAT5 cable with the same shielding as CAT6. CAT7 cable is rated to a thousand meters (one kilometre) and is thicker still and has higher end insulators. Note that neither CAT6 or CAT7 are actual recognized standards – this sort of cabling is, like ‘draft-n’ wireless, something where the hardware vendors are making a product in advance of the actual standard being finalized, though parts of it have been released.
Both CAT6 and CAT7 cables are considerably stiffer, and harder to run around corners, as you might expect and they are more expensive.
The appropriate question is What sort of cabling do I actually need for this project? you can save considerable expense by only using the actual cabling you need, rather than just running CAT7 cabling for a bunch of 10-meter lengths where it offers no benefit over cheaper runs.
When people start setting up a home or business network or internet connection, they take a lot of different things into consideration. things like the bandwidth package they pay a monthly fee for, the computer they’re connecting with and even the router or modem that they’ll use to connect with all play into the quality of their network’s performance. But it’s easy to overlook another important element of a network connection, and knowing all that you can about the Cat5e cable you’re using to set up your system with is important. it may not impact speeds as dramatically as other aspects of the setup, but it will impact them.
Cat5e cable is the most common type of Ethernet cable used today, and it can be employed to carry data, voice, or even video. It’s durable and comparatively inexpensive, making it a perfect choice for small businesses as well as homeowners. a big part of the lower price is due to the fact that it’s unshielded. normally this would trigger serious signal degradation over a short distance, but the twisted wire design ensures that noise interference isn’t as major an issue as most would suspect. it can be used in long run and still deliver quality signals without slowing down your connection speeds.
It’s rare to find Cat5e cable in lengths longer than fifty metres, however. At that point the chance of slight degradation does begin to become a factor, although a signal booster can be used to help increase the capabilities of the cable significantly. You can choose to buy shielded cable, which will perform a bit better than the unshielded variety and maintain a purer signal strength. However, it will cost a bit more to buy shielded cable and get that extra performance for your money. for most it’s money well spent.
If you’re in need of a number of different connections, you may want to consider purchasing multiple colours of Cat5e cable. Buying it in red, blue, white, yellow, or black allows you to easily identify which one is carrying what. if you need to set up for data, voice, and video, for instance, you’ll be able to easily identify which cable is carrying the different signals. There’s a good chance you’re using one of these types of Ethernet cable already, even if you don’t realise it. But the odds are you’ll end up needing more at some point soon.
This is not an uncommon question and the answer is.Yes, quite a bit of difference when you get your computer and want to connect to the Internet, you have to buy a service with an Internet Service Provider (ISP). They issue you a modem which you then use to connect your computer with the phone line so you can access the internet.
The modem translates the data for transmission on the phone lines since the two signals are different. Modems also don’t have a built in firewall so enabling your operating systems’ firewall is important and even better is getting antivirus software installed.
The phone connector goes into the modem and your computer then is attached to the modem with an Ethernet connection. The Ethernet cable has a connection that looks similar to a phone line connector but is larger and won’t fit in the phone line slot.
Routers Play a Different Role
The router on the other hand has a different function. if you own one single computer in your home you only need the modem to connect to the Internet. Owning and utilizing more than one computer, you now have what is commonly referred to as a network. you can now link or ‘network’ all your computers together by using a router.
Other computers in your network need to connect to the Internet via the router which interprets data and sends it where it needs to go. A router does not connect directly to the Internet. That is the job of the modem.
Your main computer is connected to the Internet via the modem which in turn is connected to your phone line.
Your router is set up to recognize the other computers on your network. The router is connected to the modem but your networked computers communicate with the router via signals received through its antenna.
Another big plus with owning a router is that if you own a printer with wireless capability, and you own more then one computer; you can ‘network’ your other computers to be able to access the same printer.
You don’t need a router to be able to connect to the Internet but you do need one if you have more than one computer needing access.
What is a Turbocharged Router?
A turbocharged router uses new technology to increase the range and even improve the performance of your router. They are sometimes called a ‘booster’.
They often have more than one antenna so that it can send and receive signals better and over greater distances. The extra antennas compensate for dead space you may have and also runs interference from other wireless devices like cordless telephones.
The security of wireless networking is very important and routers come with firewall security measures installed. Users as well as access to specific applications and websites can be blocked.
What a Router Can NOT Do
There are a couple things that a router can’t do. one is the environment, storms, power outages, etc., which can affect signals regardless of the antennas and network traffic is another.
Now that you know the difference between a modem and a router and what they are both used for, you can move right along and set up your own home computer network.
In today’s modern digital world almost of all of us use computers. The chances are if you use a computer you have also used an Ethernet cable. They are used to pass information between devices. A computer would connect to a router or modem with the use of an Ethernet cable. this is how you get your internet connection or network your computer to other computers. there are a few types available, the two most common used categories in use today are Cat5e and Cat6. The difference between the two is speed, cat5e is capable of speeds up to 100 mbs whilst Cat6 is capable of speeds up to 10000 mbs.
A very common question asked of Ethernet cables is how long can they be? The effective range of this type of cable is one hundred meters. though there are a few things to consider when buying a long Ethernet cable. if you need to use your cable outdoors, perhaps to run around the exterior of a building you need to ask yourself if you need an exterior cable. not all cables are suitable for outdoor use. Whilst most modern cables have a full PVC cover to protect from moisture, the main problem is damaged caused to the PVC jacket by UV light rays from the sun. Ultra violet rays can over a long period of time, cause the cable to dry out and crack, thus allowing water ingress. It’s worth considering concealing the cable in conduit or some for of piping to protect it from the sun.
With an extra long Ethernet cable it’s a good idea to opt for a cable with shielding. The extra shielding comes in the form of a thin layer of aluminium foil wrapped around the cables in between the internal cable and the outer PVC jacket. The shielding prevents interference from other cables or equipment nearby. you can also consider using a category 6 cable. Cat6 cables are designed to work at higher speeds and have as standard a better level of shielding than standard Cat5e cables. any network, modem, router or internet connection that requires a cat5e lead will work with Cat6. both categories share the same eight pin RJ45 connection plug, the only difference between the two being the actual cable used. you can purchase a 50 meter Cat6 lead in the UK for around twenty eight pounds. Whilst ta 50 meter Cat5e will cost around twenty pounds.