It's getting to the point where I have several systems under my control and I find that it would be convenient for me and the users if we had a local network to link them together. My knowledge in this area is edgy at best and I'm basically wanting some guidance on what I'm after.
I don't know if it's relevant, but all the systems (save one that can have a card added) have ethernet/LAN ports (the 6 or 8 wire "phone" jack).
It must be at least partially wireless (a notebook) but may end up partially wired (the house is owned so I can run wiring if it looks like a good idea).
High-speed transfer is not a requirement, as files will rarely be transfered (mostly internet sharing and we only have dialup anyway), but would be nice.
Security is a must (Windows has enough holes as it is) though I'd prefer not to have to put in passwords. Perhaps static IPs that can be allowed and all others denied?
The network will be a 98/XP (and maybe Linux) mix.
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Thanks in advance,