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How do i network 12 computers using a switch?

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Answered 2008-02-01 01:57:52

To create a functional network with a switch you will need a DHCP server either from a router plugged into the switch or from an actual server that has DHCP installed on it. The function a switch brings to a network is to provide more ports for additional computers, when multiple machines are plugged into a network they need addresses in order to communicate. A DHCP server (from a router or traditional server) will provide an IP address to multiple machines thus assigning addresses that the computers can use to communicate on said network. A home router such as some made by Linksys or D-link should be sufficient to provide 12 computers with ip addresses. Just plug the router into the switch with the 12 computers and set the DHCP range for atleast 12 IP addresses.

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