Question by Warlock of Id: How much would it cost to setup 10 desktop computers and 10 laptop computers to a server and network?
I need to have 10 Desktop and 10 Laptop computers all networked together and all hooked up to 1 server. Also (3) 24″ monitors need to be hooked up to each desktop computer. I would like to know what I need for this project and what it would cost to get it done. It is for a small business just starting out.
Answer by Mexell
As asked, this is a pretty open-ended question, and as such very hard to answer.
Does the server already exist?
What’s the network operating system (NetWare, Windows, Linux, Mac/OS)?
Is the wiring infrastructure already in place?
Do all the computers have network cards?
Do you need services other than file & printer sharing set up, such as e-mail, proxy, database?
Do the computers need to have applications loaded on them?
Painting with a *very* broad brush, a competent network technician, setting the network up right, will take 5-10 hours to set up the server, and 1-1.5 hours per PC for setup & testing. Rates for network installs can run from $ 45-$ 125 per hour.
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