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#1 Renigade

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 02:46 PM

I need advice on what 16 port switch to get.
So i have a few friends that want to get together for a new years LAN party.
If anyone has experience setting up and running them send me a PM as this will be my first time doing so and im kind of network challenged.
Also if anyone have any good ideas for cheap fun games for a LAN Party that take no real experience to play and would be fun for all even non gamers that can have at least 8 people playing at the same time that would be awesome too!
I should have at least 8 people maybe more.

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 04:46 PM

All you really have to do is plug the switch into your router using any port on the switch and any (except uplink) port on your router. Your router will assign IPs to any PC you then plug into the switch or router. No software or configuration is needed.

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 05:28 PM

All you really have to do is plug the switch into your router using any port on the switch and any (except uplink) port on your router. Your router will assign IPs to any PC you then plug into the switch or router. No software or configuration is needed.

Cool now to find some fun games to play :)

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 05:49 PM

I just got the ZyXEL 16-port gigabit switch from newegg... seems good

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16833181152

I paid 99.00 for mine and its on sale for 79.99 with promo code
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Posted 06 December 2012 - 06:39 PM

I just got the ZyXEL 16-port gigabit switch from newegg... seems good

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16833181152

I paid 99.00 for mine and its on sale for 79.99 with promo code

what does " Unmanaged " mean?

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 06:52 PM

what does " Unmanaged " mean?


I've only seen managed switches in the corporate world. You can set a number of connected devices, set up VLANs, etc, with a managed switch. Unmanaged is all you would need for home use.

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 07:04 PM

what does " Unmanaged " mean?



pretty much means plug and play.... you plug in the wires and turn it on and it just works....

thats exactly what I did... unhooked the old 8-port switch and hooked this one up added the LAN wires and switched it on and Walla internet...
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 07:43 AM

what does " Unmanaged " mean?


Worls somewhat like DHCP. Plug and play. You don't need to configure anything, explicitly.

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 10:27 PM

As for LAN games..


UT2004 Demo, the facing worlds CTF map is insane and noob friendly too.



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Posted 09 December 2012 - 10:58 PM

I just got the ZyXEL 16-port gigabit switch from newegg... seems good

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16833181152

I paid 99.00 for mine and its on sale for 79.99 with promo code

 

Nice find there Dr B.

 

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 03:23 PM

What is your Inet connection speed?

 

Just make sure everyone has the games installed before hand, with updates too. As if everyone is waiting to download the games and update them on a slow speed. Makes for a bizz kill of a lan party.