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Linux.com: Setting Up a Home Computer Lab to Learn Linux Networking

Sep 01, 2001, 16:04 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dave Markowitz)

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"...I recommend that you have at least three PCs in your lab. This will allow you to set up and test a wide variety of network configurations that you cannot create with fewer machines. For example, you can set up a firewall on one box and have an internal LAN on the other two.

It's a good idea to dedicate one machine as your workstation. Once set up, major configuration changes and experimentation should not be done on this box, but rather on the other PCs. This way, you know that you'll always have one functional machine that if all else fails you can use to get online and look up the solution to a fix what you've gotten yourself into. It wouldn't be a bad idea to make this one of your faster machines, since you'll be spending most of your time on it, and many network services, like DNS and DHCP will run fine on slower boxes.

Since you'll be spending a lot of time in front of your main workstation, you should get high quality peripherals. Don't get a cheap keyboard or mouse, and above all don't scrimp on your monitor. All of these devices are likely to outlast several PCs, so buy the best ones you can. For example, I use a Viewsonic GS771 monitor, a Logitech FirstMouse+ wheel mouse, and the keyboard from a Dell 386 that I bought in 1992."

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