|| This blasted laptop needs to stop hanging!
||Jul. 7th, 2003 09:03 pm|
But despite its best efforts, I now have an all-netgear network - DG824M, MA401, PS101, and FS608, mainly with hand-made cables. Running servers for DNS, Samba, Web and MySQL, with DHCP, 802.11b and IP-MASQ, it's all looking vaguely professional.
Just don't tell anyone I went with Netgear 'cos their products are shiny ;)
'cos their products are shiny
And they smell absolutely amazing when you take them out of the box. Maybe that's just my opinion, though.
Really should get around to setting our home network up properly, so that I'll have an excuse to buy more toys. We have an FM114P (otherwise known as the idiot-proof option), but I've yet to learn how to make cables.
I think the DG824M is just the shiny variant of that one ;)
Cables are fiddly but not difficult - Maplin do a very good kit (in hexagonal box) comprising all the required parts and tools with instructions.
The confusing bit is working out the colour codes - essentially just make both ends of everything type B unless you need a crossover. I've made enough now to memorise the sequence (W/Or, Or, W/Gr, Bl, W/Bl, Gr, W/Br, Br), but mnemonically it's "Orange, Green split by Blue, Brown", with slightly poetic imagery of sunrise over a verdant river valley ;)
Have to see if I can remember that
I normally just carry around a little print out in my wallet to remind myself