LAN Network Setup: The Right Way To Do It
LAN network setup (Local area network setup) allows you to attach multiple devices like computers, laptops, printers and mobiles with just one internet service provider to share the files and communicate with each other. You can install the LAN wherever you need to connect multiple devices locally, e.g. in the house or in the office Etc. We are going to tell you the right way to do it.
It is not much complicated task, but you need to plan it well for best execution. Otherwise, this simple network can become a mess for you within few moments. So, pay attention to all our guidelines. The main components of a LAN network are the server, ethernet wires, router and multiple devices connected to the router.
It is not much complicated task, but you need to plan it well for best execution. Otherwise, this simple network can become a mess for you within a few moments. So, pay attention to all our guidelines. The main components of a LAN network are the server, ethernet wires, router and multiple devices connected to the router.
LAN network Setup – Right way to do it
You should note down all the devices you need to connect to this local network. List down all your PCs, laptops, printers and mobile devices.
2. Making a server
You should spot one high-performance PC or laptop for the server. This server will be directly connected to the internet service provider. Further, this server will directly share your printers or disks. It should have enough storage to have a huge amount of data every time.
3. Building a Router
You should have an access point or router through which all the devices are connected with each other. We recommend the wired cable router which is much popular and simpler. You can simply connect all devices to this router with the Ethernet cables. You need to figure out the proper network shape or topology to connect all devices with one router and multiple wires. If you want more flexibility, you can also use a router having a wireless option as well. However, the wired network’s performance is better than the wireless network.
4. Assigning IPs to devices
All the devices should have assigned a unique IP by the server. Nowadays, most cable routers are DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) Server. It means they can dynamically assign the unique address to each new device. If your cable router does not have enough ports to connect all the devices, we recommend you to buy a switch as well. You should be well aware that all network devices are assigned a special IP address by the router. So, make sure to use a router having enough addresses for all the devices including printers and devices.
5. Connecting all wires
Connect all the devices with cable router using Ethernet wires. Attach a switch to the cable router as well with Ethernet crossover cables. Then you can attach more devices to this switch as well.
The last step is the testing of the LAN network setup. You should check all the devices’ internet availability, including printers, disks and switches. After checking the internet, you should share some files on the server and then try to access those files from each individual device. You should test all the printers by printing some shared server files as well.