yo OT I was told to check this subforum out so i'm gonna give it a shot. recently, I took over my dad's business (import/export/distribution of Surgical Instruments) and was kind of annoyed with some of the sluggishness we're experiencing with our computers/network performance. We used to have some dickhead of a computer consultant come in and rip us off (before my time here). he'd have this 'retainer' where he'd ask us to fork over $2000, and whenever we needed service, he'd come over and do his work and then make some crazy billed hours to use up the retainer. fucking wack. He installed all sorts of random shit like 'spybot' and norton anti-virus, and used to make outlandish claims that we had viruses and he needed to do xyz and it would take ### hours to complete. He was totally screwing us, imo. I am only now looking at the documntation he provided. Some of the shit he wrote in it is hilarious. anyway, our technology is old school. we have: 8 x Dell Optiplex GX260 PC WorldBench 4 score of 112, 2.53-GHz Pentium 4 CPU, 256MB of DDR266 SDRAM, Windows XP Professional, 40GB hard drive, 8X DVD-ROM and 8X/4X/24X CD-RW combo drive, Intel 845 integrated video using main memory 1 x Dimension 8100 PC WorldBench 2000 score of 162, Pentium 4-1700 CPU, 128MB of RDRAM, 256KB L2 cache, Windows Me, 60GB hard drive, 16X DVD-ROM drive, 16X/10X/40X CD-RW drive, Dell NVidia GeForce3 graphics card with 64MB DDR SDRAM, 1 x Dell Poweredge 1400SC with tape backup machine installed Pentium III/800, 256Kb on-die Level 2 cache, ServerWorks Entry ServerSet III LE chipset, 256Mb of 133MHz SDRAM expandable to 2Gb, Adaptec AIC-7899G Ultra160 SCSI chipset, three 9Gb Quantum 10K Ultra160 hard disks, Dell PERC 2/DC PCI RAID controller, LG 48-speed EIDE CD-ROM, ATi Rage XL graphics with 4Mb of SDRAM, Intel Pro100+ adaptor chipset, Intel Pro100+ dual port PCI server adaptor, mouse and keyboard, Dell OpenManage software suite bundled. The Poweredge runs VERITAS Backup exec, but i swear that program seems like it's doing nothing. The Poweredge also runs something called Small Business Server Console or something. Small Server console?? It's to monitor user accounts and activity. I think it's a built in Win2K prog. And now what's tying them together: A Linksys Etherfast Cable + DSL Router (BEFSR11) RECEIVING our (shitty) DSL. The router is then connecting to a Dell PowerConnect 3024. See pics. We have a couple of laserjet printers in the house too, and one fax/printer which can only be accessed by one person's machine, regardless of the fact that i've checked off 'share this printer.' i know i'm probably missing a whole lot of things, but it's the end of the day and i'm tired so that's the tech... now... The reason we have the etherfast router is because our DSL ISP, www.nyct.net (they fucking blow), can tunnel into it remotely if they ever need to... and to compound things, they host our lame ass website and all our mail too. We get charged $160/month or shitty ass service. I want to accomplish the following: 1. Have a network setup that won't be slow like a turtle (i'm on my powerbook because i absolutely refuse to use any PC at work because they're all deadly slow) 2. Retain the network functionality (obviously), increase our bandwidth to today's standards, and make sure what we have in place doesn't die. We use sage software's BusinessWorks 6.0 as our accounting/inventory package and from what I gather, the software package's 'server' is located on the server, and all the client machines log into the server to retrieve data. I think the software sucks and I want to move to quickbooks, but that's another post altogether. And since i'm on my mac, I can't use businessworks either. I'd rather have quickbooks so I can be multiplatform. 3. All computers must save data on the network drives which are backed up by the server (i'm assuming this is what they're used for). 4. Get rid of our fucking lame ass DSL service and move to Cable (optimum online for business) and get a separate hosting company for our website. Networking gurus... take a look at our stuff and tell me something doesn't look right because really now, it sems like my dad's been ripped off big time over the past few years. I feel bad for the guy because he doesn't know jack about computers and some of these 'computer guys' are real assholes and take advantage of that fact. not happening to me. Power of OT... i need your help! cliffs: read it thx.