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US 20020073181A1
(19) United States
(12) Patent Application Publication (10) Pub. No.: US 2002/0073181 A1
(43) Pub. Date:
Christensen
(54) LAN CONFIGURATOR
Jun. 13, 2002
processor speed, random access memory amount, hard drive
siZe and operating system, are chosen. Software to be
pre-installed on each system is speci?ed. User names to the
system and indicating level of security users should have on
the local area network are assigned. Cost for the system
(76) Inventor: Tracylee Christensen, Hull, MA (US)
Correspondence Address:
James C. Wray
chosen and costs for pre-con?guring and fully testing the
server and fees for pre-con?guring and fully testing the
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1493 Chain Bridge Road
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workstations are established. Pre-con?guring and fully test
ing the server. The system is ordered. The server is pre
(21) Appl. No.:
09/730,535
con?gured and fully tested. Workstations are pre-con?gured
and fully tested. Workstations and peripherals are fully
(22) Filed:
Dec. 7, 2000
Related US. Application Data
tested. Workstations and peripherals are connected to the
server and tested. Workstations and peripherals are discon
nected from the server and workstations, peripherals and
(63) Non-provisional of provisional application No.
server are shipped in numbered boxes. A diagram of neces
server are packed. The packed workstations, peripherals and
60/169,291, ?led on Dec. 7, 1999.
sary steps in setting up the local area network is provided,
including which items should be pulled out of their boxes
?rst according to the number of the box, how the server
should be plugged in, how the workstations should be
connected to the server, where each peripheral item includ
Publication Classi?cation
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Int. Cl.7
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ing the hub, modems and printers should be placed and how
they should be plugged in, when the server, workstations and
peripherals should be turned on, testing the login process
and insuring all workstations are pre-con?gured correctly
ABSTRACT
A method of installing a local area network by ?rst deter
mining a local area network to meet speci?c needs, includ
ing server hardware, a network operating system, a disaster
and including a print out of the users order as a checklist and
thereby providing by following the step-by-step instructions,
recovery plan, an e-mail server, a fax server and modem
sharing. Then proper hub and network cards are determined.
a local area network that is up and running and fully
Cabling for pre-installing by local wiring contractor is
determined. Numbers of workstations to add to the local area
functioning with all included workstations able to access the
local area network and peripherals attached to the local area
network are chosen. Speci?cations of each workstation, i.e.
network and all software pre-installed.
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Jun. 13, 2002 Sheet 1 0f 16
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Patent Application Publication
Jun. 13, 2002 Sheet 2 0f 16
US 2002/0073181 A1
Networking Logic Flow Chart
Section 18: Email Server Form
You have chosen to have an Email Server Installed. In order for us
to properly con?gure your Server, please answer the following questions:
01st Ask: Do you already have a Registered Domain Name? YES
(HINT: Click on Domain Name to view a de?nition)
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NO
-If Yes Selected, ask: What is your domain name?
(Note to developer: Record Name automatically in the ISPFORM. See ISPFORMDOC for information.)
then ask:
‘Do you Have an Internet Service Provider?
YES
NO
-If YES Selected, bring up the ISPFORM which will ask them pertinent information regarding their Account
and Internet Service Provider Addresses, etc.
If NO Selected, ask, Would you like us to Recommend One?
YES
NO
‘If YES Selected, bring up a list of options with telephone numbers and contacts AND aliow them
to Print out the ISP Form that they must then fill out and faxno us after setting up their ISP account.
(The list of ISPs will be supplied under ISP OPTIONSDOC)
oIf No Selected for Registered Domain, ask: Would you like us to Help you Register a Domain Name? YES
NO
‘If Yes Selected, bring to a Form for Submitting a Domain Name, record the Domain
Name in their record for us to refer to. (NOTE To Developer: We do not use a speci?c company for this as of nOW,
so, it we choose you as our Web Developer, we would be happy to extend this service through you.
Please create the form based on what you know you need to ask.)
~If No Selected, Display verbiage about strongly recommending a Domain Name for an Email Server and
Ask Again If they would like our Help. If No still, than state we can still setup the EMAIL server with their ISP information,
using the ISP’s domain name and information provided to us from the ISP.
-If they do not want to setup an ISP Account, then state: Since we do not have the necessary information
for con?guring your Internet Email, we will be happy to install and con?gure the earnll sewer for Internal Mail only.
Then, you may choose to either configure your Internet Email Information at a later point UK
have one of our highly trained Consultants Dial—In and Con?gure the Email Server for you Remotely!
Click Here to view our exclusive Remote Support Optionsi
(Note to Developer: I will supply this Remote Support information via a word doc entitled REMCNTRLDOC)
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Patent Application Publication
Jun. 13, 2002 Sheet 3 0f 16
US 2002/0073181 A1
Networking Logic Flow Chart
Section 1C: Modem Sharing Form
IF MODEM SHARING IS CHOSEN,
ASK THE FOLLOWING:
You have requested to have Modern Sharing installed to your new server.
How many modems would you like to share over the server? Please Enter Number:
(Note to Developer: Must record this value for later.)
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If only 1 modern chosen, ask: Would you like at least one more additional modem to allow
ProNet to remotely support your new Server without interfering with your Modem Sharing? YES NO
Hint: Click here to see a description of how ProNet can help support your server
through Remote Control, never requirinq a site visit!
(If YES selected, automatically update modem number to 2)
If No Selected, Bring up verbiage for “Remotely Controlling your Server" then ask if they wish
to change their minds. (1 will supply this verbiage in a document called REMCNTRLDOC)
Also, if they only choose to have 1 modem and they want both Modem Sharing and Fax Services,
let them know they need as least 2 modems, 1 for the Modem Share and 1 for the Fax Service.
Then ask, do they wish to add the necessary 2nd modem? YES NO
If No, then display: Unless you choose to have a 2nd modem added, you will need to remove one of
these chosen services. Which service would you like to remove? NOTE: if you choose
NEITHER, we will automatically update your order to add the 2nd necessary modem.
MODEM SHARE
FAX SERVER
NEITHER
(Note to Developer: If Neither chosen, add the 2nd modem, else update their Network Configuration Form
by removing the chosen service above.)
NOTE: Please make sure you have your phone company instali the necessary phone lines to
allow you to connect each modem to it's own telephone line. The phone lines
will need to be installed where you will be placing your File Server. This is usually in a secure room
that is air conditioned or at least kept cool.
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Patent Application Publication
Jun. 13, 2002 Sheet 4 0f 16
US 2002/0073181 A1
Networking Logic Flow Chart
Section 11): Fax Server Form
IF THE FAX SERVER OPTION IS CHOSEN,
ASK THE FOLLOWING:
You have requested to have a Fax Server Installed to your New Server.
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How many nodems would you like to have for receiving and/or sending faxes through the File Server? 2,
(Note to Developer: Must record this value for later. Also, please display the following Note
below the above question for the User to View)
If you choose to have more than one modem for receiving faxes, you will want to have the
appropriate phone lines installed to the room where you will be placing your l-‘rle Server.
These phone lines should “hop" if the ?rst line is busy. In other words, you will have one
main Fax Number to give to your clients and contacts. When they use this number to send a fax
and the 1st line is currently being utilized for receiving or sending a fax, the phone company will
automatically switch the line to the next phone number. This feature is very cost effective and will
allow your clients to send faxes to your office quicker and easier, since they will seldom receive
a busy signal!
If you choose to have just 1 Modem for Receiving Faxes, this is still OK. However, if you also want the
ability to send faxes directly from your desktop, and you have chosen to only have 1 physical modem attached
to your server, the fax line will be busy a lot more frequently, since it can not receive incoming taxes while
user are sending outgoing taxes. It is strongly recommended to add at least 1 more modem to your server
for this service. Do you wish to update your order to 2 modems instead? YES
NO
If N0 still chosen, display verbiage about our Remote Control Service then ask: Would you like at
least one more additional modem to allow ProNet to remotely support your new Server? YES
NO
(If YES selected, automatically update modern number to 2)
If No selected, Bring up verbiage for “Remotely Controlling your Server with only 1 modem. Then ask
if they wishto change their minds. (1 will supply this verbiage in a document called REMIMODDOC)
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these chosen services. Which service would you like to remove? NOTE: If you choose
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MODEM SHARE
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(Note to Developer: If Neither chosen, add the 2nd modern, else update their Network Configuration Form
by removing the chosen service above.)
NOTE: Please make sure you have your phone company install the necessary phone llne(s) to
allow you to connect each modem to it's own telephone line. The phone lines
will need to be installed where you will be placing your File Server. This is usually in a secure room
that is air conditioned or at least kept cool
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Patent Application Publication
Jun. 13, 2002 Sheet 5 0f 16
US 2002/0073181 A1
Networking Logic Flow Chart
Section 1E: Internet Access Form
IF INTERNET ACCES OPTION IS CHOSEN,
ASK THE FOLLOWING:
You have requested to have a Internet Access capabilities from your New Server.
Do you already have an account with an Internet Service Provider? YES NO
If YES chosen above, display “Please fill in the appropriate information below so we may configure your Internet
Connectivity properly prior to shipment: Do you have a direct connection with Your ISP? iLe. 56k, ISDN,
or DSL? YES NO If NO, ask, you must have simple dial-up access to your ISP. If this is true, please tell us how
many modems you would like to have available for Internet Access:
(Note to Developer: Must record this number for later use. If only 1 Modem Chosen, display message under a)
If YES, and after answering above oh N0, then ask them to fill in:
Internet Service Provider Name:
Account Name:
Account Password:
Send Mail Pop Server Address:
Retrieve Mail Pop Sewer Address: _____
DNS Server Information:
Assigned IP Blockl if any):
Domain Name, i.e. yourcompanyncom, (if any):
NOTE TO CLIENT: If you are unsure about how to answer the above questions, feel free to call us directly at
781-741-2910 and we will be more than happy to assist you.
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If NO chosen on original question, display the following question:
NO
would you like us to recommend an ISP for you? YES
If YES, ask the following questions:
What City/State are you located?
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What is your Area Code and Phone Number:
would you like Dedicated Access or Dial-up Access? Dedicated Access Dial-Up
If Dedicated Access Chosen, ask “Which method of Dedicated Access would you like pricing on?"
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Would you like to register a Domain Name? YES NO
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If Yes, please enter the name of the Domain you would like to have Registered and we will search for you to see Iii
it is available. This service is free of charge, but, if available and we register it for you, there is a $70 fee
charged by the government to legally register your Domain Name for the 1st two years. If you agree, we will
automatically register the Domain Name and charge your credit card accordingly. Do you agree? YES
DOMAIN NAME TO SEARCH:
NO
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NOTE TO DEVELOPER: You can ?nish this questionnaire based on what you know needs to be
asked to setup an ISP account/Domain Name/etc.
NOTE TO DISPLAY TO CLIENT: Please make sure you have your phone company install the necessary
phone line(s) to allow you to connect each modem to it's own telephone line. The phone lines
will need to be installed where you will be keeping your File Server.
FIG 5
Patent Application Publication
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US 2002/0073181 A1
Networking Logic Flow Chart
Section 1E: Internet Access FormContinued
#: If you choose to have just 1 Modern for Internet Access, this is OK‘ However, if you also want the
ability to have more than one user dialed out at a time, you should reconsider and acid another
modem to your server.
Do you wish to update your order to 2 modems instead? YES
NO
If NO still chosen, display verbiage about our Remote Control Sewioe then ask: Would you like at
least one more additional modem to allow ProNet to remotely support your new Server? YES
NO
(If YES selected, automatically update modem number to 2)
If No Selected, Bring up verbiage for “Remotely Controlling your Server with only 1 modern. Then ask
if they wishto change their minds. (I will supply this verbiage in a document called REM iMOD.DOC)
Also, if they only choose to have 1 modern and they want both Modem Sharing and Fax Services,
let them know they need as least 2 modems, 1 for the Modern Share and 1 for the Fax Service.
Then ask, do they wish to add the necessary 2nd modem? YES
NO
If N0, then display: Unless you choose to have a 2nd modern added, you will need to remove one of
these chosen services. Which service would you like to remove? NOTE: If you choose
NEITHER, we will automatically update your order to add the 2nd necessary modern.
MODEM SHARE] INTERNET ACCESS
FAX SERVER
NEITHER
(Note to Developer: If Neither chosen, add the 2nd modem, else update their Network Configuration Form
by removing the chosen service above.)
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Patent Application Publication
Jun. 13, 2002 Sheet 7 0f 16
US 2002/0073181 A1
Plow C halt for Networking Logic
Section 2A- Determining Options for Novell NetWare 3.2
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Flow Chart for Networking Logic
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Patent Application Publication
Jun. 13, 2002 Sheet 9 0f 16
US 2002/0073181 A1
Flow Chart for Networking Logic
Section 20 Determining Options for NetWare SBS v5.0
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NOTE: You may be asked more in~deptn
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use to properly con?gure the system
for your requirements.
HINT: Ciick on any of the choices above
to view a detailed description of
each service!
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Section 2D- Determining Options for NT Server v4.0
Server v4.0
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Patent Application Publication
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Section 215- Determining Options for BackOf?ce Enterprise
Edition Selection
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1 Hie & Print Sharing
2 Run Client/Server App
3 Fax Server Option
4 Modern Sharing Option
5 Email Server
6 Internet Access Availability
7. Remote Access Capability
Please check which options you would
like to have installed prior to delivery.
You may be required to answer more
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in-depth questions for each option
in order of us to fully con?gure the
system to your exact needs.
Note: You will need to have at least one
modem added to take advantage of the
Remote Access Capability
HINT: Click on any of the choices
above to get a detailed description of
each service!
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Section 3A-Additional Options on Novel] Servers (All
Versions Accept SBS)
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Our LAN Coniigurator has matched
your Server needs with Novell NetWare vq.
You also chose to have Modem
You Have Chosen Novel! NenNare
Server vq, with Modem
Sharing, Fax Sharing and/or
Sharing, Fax Sharing and/or
an Email Server. Since These Options are not
an Email Server. Since These Options are not
bundled with NetWare, please Choose the
bundled with NetWare, please Choose the
3rd Party Programs to Add these
3rd Party Programs to Add these
Additional Options.
Additional Options.
NOTE: if there is only 1 choice displayed, you
will not be able to Change it unless
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NOTE: If there is only 1 choice displayed, you
will not be able to change it unle$$
you choose not to have the option
you choose not to have the option
instailed to your server.
installed to your server.
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NOTES TO DEVELOPER:
If MS Exchange Server is chosen, the user must also add another PC with Windows NT
Workstation that will act as the Gateway. This system will need to be a dedicated system and
will be installed next to the File Server. (See the “Systems Breakdown” spreadsheet and refer
to the “NT Workstation" tab for more information.)
q should be automatically ?lled in depending on which version of NetWare
x should be automatically tilled in depending on how many users are on this system as
answered in Section 1A.
The y should be automatically ?lled in depending on the number of modems they asked to
have. There will also need to be a digi-card installed in this system with the same # of ports.
This is discussed later.
continue with Section 4A after all options have been ?lled in...
*The OR will depend upon whether the client chose the N05, or our con?gurator chose it.
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Section 3B-Additionai Options on Microsoft NT Server v4.0
You Have Chosen Microsoft NT Server v4.0
Our LAN Configurator
has- matched
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with Modem Sharing, Fax Sharing and/or
your Server rgzersgrvcghowcmso? NT
an Ema" Server.’ Since mesa, who“ are not
bundled with Windows NT, please choose the
3rd Party Programs to add these options.
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choose the 3rd Party Programs to add these options.
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inswue‘d to our Server p
will not be able to change it unless you choose
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not to have the option installed to your server.
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NOTE TO DEVELOPER: x should be automatically ?lled in depending on how many users are on
this system as answered in Section 1A. You need to add the FaxServer or Deln'na WlnFax option
chosen above from the price list to their estimate.
There will also need to be a digi-card installed in this system with the same it of ports. This is
discussed later.
The y should be automatically ?lled in depending on the number of modems they asked to have.
There will also need to be a digi-card installed in this system with the same 4% of ports. This is
discussed later
Continue with Section 4A after all options have been ?lled ln_..
*The OR will depend upon whether the client chose the N05, or our con?guration chose it.
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F low Chart for Networking Logic
Section 4A-Adding Necessary Peripherals to Order-Modems/Printers
This information is for the Developer to know what to add to the server configuration list. For Part l, no questions are
asked of the end-user. You simply pull the proper part number from the on-line store and add to the server configuration
list.
I. The number of modems chosen will determine which DlGl board will need to be added.‘
The following logic will determine this:
A. With Noveil 8|. Netware Connect;
Modems Chosen is 1-2.‘
Modems Chosen is-3-4:
Mouerns Chosen is 5-8:
Manufacturer Part #1 70001052 AcoelePort 2E lSA/NetWare Connect 2 2-por‘l“
Manufacturer Part #1 70001053 AccelePorl 4e iSAfNetWare Connect 2 A-pert‘
Manufacturer Part #1 70001054 AcceleF'ort 8e lSA/NetWare Connect 2 S-pcrt“
Plus, add it of Man Part #: F2LO88-06, the modem cables & x of Man Part #1 005686-03, the 300M External v.90
Date/Fax Modems
*This includes the necessary board + the license for NetWare Connect Software
B. With NT or Novetl. no NetWare Connect Needed:
Modems Chosen is-l:
Modems Chosen ls-2-4:
No additional DlGl Board Required
Manufacturer Part #: 70001058 AooelePortflle-lSA EIA422 W/DB-Q Cable
Modems Chosen is 5-8;
Manufacturer Part #: 70001059
AccelePort/Eie-lSA ElA422 WIDE-9 Cable
Plus, add x of Man Part #: F2LD88-O6, the modem cables & x of Man Part #: 005686-03, the BCOM External v.90
DelalFex Modems
ll. Do they Need Printers? After automatically pulling in proper parts for modems above,
start this flow . ..
Would you like to add a printer to your Server‘? NU1E: This is only for primers that will be networked
directly to your server. You may want to also add printers to attach to new or existing workstations.
This questions will be asked when you enter the workstation oon?guretor: We will configure
your server printcrs so each workstation chosen in this order will be able to print to it. Please note.
if you wish to have more than i printer, it will require a print server, which will be automatically
added to your server configuration order.
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wish to have configured on your server.
Bring up the proper category from the
on-linc store and record their choice.
Tlzcn rcocat rhis ?ow until the‘,7 saw NO
NOTE TO DEVELOPER: For each additional network printer chosen. that is not already network ready, add at e of
Man Part 54‘: J 3258B. the HP .letDirt-zct l-Port External Print Server The primers listed in the on-line store are categorized as
to whether they rm: network ready or not. If The primer chosen is from a Network Ready category, there is no need to add the
.letDireot C AI'Cl.
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Section 4B~Adding Necessary’ 1 "lCs & HUBs to Order
The number of Workstations which will connect to this LAN_will determine the necessary
HUB required.
NOT E: The answer to How many workstations will be oonnecting to this LAN’? answered at start, should be known from
Question user answered at beginning...
Must ask the following questions: Do you require a HUB to go with your Server? YES NO
(NOTE: If this is a
brand new system and you have no systems currently connected to a Local Area Network (LAN), or. your current HUB h
no more ports available, or there are not enough ports available, you need to answer YES to this question for proper
connectivity.)
Record answer, and then ask the following questions, in the order in which they are listed, regardless
of answer:
A. Are the systems that will connect to this Server being ordered new through us, or do you have existing
systems’?
NEW
EXISTING
MIX
-lf EXISTING or MIX chosen, ask: You answered that you have existing systems. in order to oroperiy
con?gure these systems to connect to your new Server, please answer the following questions:
-Do you need network cards for your existing systems?
YES N0
-lf YES, how many do you need’?
-Would you like us to choose the most cost effective Network Card for you? YES NO
-lf YES, add Man Part #: EN1207D-TXIWOL. Accton Cheeta F'Cl Fast Ethernet
tOMOOBaseT Network Card, where x is answer to "how many do you need" eoove
-lf NO, display list of 100BaseT Choices from on-line store for them to choose from
& add to order wfproper amount
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-lf NO ask: What speed are the current network cards that are installed?
*IUMbs
100Mbs
MIX
(Note to Developer: record answer to be used below)
B. if user answered YES for adding a HUB, ask: "Would you like us to recommend a HUB for this new Server?”
-lt YES. add the proper part number shown below, depending on # of Systems attaching and Speed
of Existing Systems, if any, if there are no existing systems, 1OOBaseT should be used.
-if NO, bring up proper section of on-line store HUB categories for them to choose from and then
continue with nexl section, 40.
10OBaseT HUBs New 8 stems Onl
Existin have 100BaseT andlor ad in new alon wltOOBaseT existin
1-7 Workstations: Man Part #: SPHUBOBW SteckPro 8~pori 100l3aseTX Desktop Hub including Stacking Cable
8-15 Workstations: Man Pan #: CNFH~616S 10OBaseTX Fast Ethernet Hub 100Mbps 12-port Stackable
16-23 Workstations: Man Part #: SPHUB24S StackPro Raokmount 1OOBaseT>£ Siackable Hub 24 R145 Ports
2447 Workstations: (2) of Man Part #: SPHUBZ‘lS StackPro Rackrnount touBaseTX Siackable Hub 24 Phi-45 Ports
‘l?l'l??BaseT HUB - (All oxistino have onlv iilBaseTCards & no new Systems will be added OR some existing &
New Systems will be addedl
1»? Workstations: Man #: ADH-i 008 Addtron Dual Speed 8‘port Mini Hub External Power Uplink Port
8-15 Workstations; Man #1 DFE-2616X D-Link 10/10DMb i?-port Stackaole Raokmount Hub with Switch
16-23 Workstations; Man #: DSHUB24 LINKSYS StcKPro ll Dual Speed 24~pori Huh
24-47 Workstation; (2) of Man #: DSHUB24 LINKSYS StckPro ll Dual Speed 24-port Hub
Record proper information from above and continue with Section 40...
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Flow Chart for Networking Logic
Section 4C-Determining Correct File Sewer to Be Used
We must determine which File Server is required to support this New Network,“
NOTE TO DEVELOPER: There will be a very small section here with very little logic which
will give instructions on pulling the correct ?le server ?'om an existing list from the on-line store
on the LanlnABox.eom web site.
When$118 File Server has been added, disglny:
Congratulations! You have just completely configured your own Local Area Network with all
the fixings. Now you may want to add workstations to your order, also to be completely pre
configured, with all software preinstalled. if you place the order through us. we will not only
pre~install the requested software, but we will also ensure the system can connect to the new
file server without incident and with no extra work on your part. Make a choice below by
clicking a button“.
Launch The Workstation Con?gurslor Now
View The Local Area Network I Configured,
Includmg An Pam and Fusing‘ "
NOTE TO DEVELOPER: This button should
NOTE TO ONE“)? 5R1 This Shmlld bring “P
automatically launch the Workstation con?gurator
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LAN CONFIGURATOR
days of having someone in an office, taking up valuable
[0001] This application claims the bene?t of US. Provi
sional Application No. 60/169,291, ?led Dec. 7, 1999.
through our LAN-IN-A-BOX Web site and With the help of
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
stations to be completely con?gured prior to shipment With
a step-by-step setup guide and thirty (30) days of free
[0002] Existing methods for networking small businesses
are time consuming and costly. Aneed exists for an ideal and
cost effective method and apparatus for networking small
businesses.
time, and costing extravagant consulting fees! Our cost
the LAN Con?gurator for a neW server and six (6) Work
support is much less costly. And, this is a ?at-fee, never to
go up! A netWork consultant cannot guarantee their time,
especially since, When on-site, various employees like to
stop and ask questions, taking up valuable time. If the
consultant is not on-site, i.e. our Virtual Consultant, there is
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
no one around to distract them!
[0003] The invention includes a Virtual PC & NetWork
Consultant Web site. Amain feature of this invention is a tool
called The LAN Con?gurator. This tool alloWs any level
users, Whether novices or experts in the ?eld of computers,
to be able to con?gure the ideal Local Area NetWork to meet
[0012] If they place their order, the Clients Will also be
given the option of signing up for a “Yearly” support
their speci?c needs. This Will include the Server HardWare,
total order. The support contract Would include, but is not
NetWork Operating System, Disaster Recovery Plan,
Whether to include an e-mail Server, Fax Server or Modem
Sharing, and any hardWare to include accommodating such
contract that alloWs the provider to remotely control and
support the user’s LAN via Modem and remote control
softWare. The cost of this contract is based on 20% of the
limited to, the folloWing services:
[0013]
1. NetWork administrative duties, such as adding
neW users, deleting old users, setting up directories and
services.
user rights, etc.
[0004] The LAN Con?gurator also determines the proper
HUB and netWork cards to include, and What kind of cabling
the client should have pre-installed by their local electrician
or Wiring contractor. Wireless LANs Will be used as the
technology evolves and becomes an affordable, reliable
alternative.
[0005] After the LAN Con?gurator has determined the
best “Server” solution based on their needs, the clients may
then add as many Workstations as they Would like to their
LAN. They Will be able to:
[0006] 1. Choose the exact speci?cations of each Work
station, i.e. Processor Type/Speed, RAM Amount, Hard
Drive SiZe, Operating System to include, etc.
[0007] 2. Specify What softWare should be pre-installed
on each system.
[0008] 3. Assign a user name to the system and indicate
the level of security this user should have on the LAN.
[0009] Each Workstation Will then be fully con?gured and
tested prior to delivery. Of course, the user Will also have the
ability to choose printers, monitors, and other various
peripherals to be attached to each Workstation or server.
[0010]
Once their LAN has been fully con?gured, the
client may then choose to save their con?guration by either
placing their LAN-IN-A-BOX order on-line via a credit
card, or by using our ?nancial services arranged through
Intel®, or other ?nancial institute available at the time of
[0014] 2. Applying noW patches made available through
the NetWork Operating System vendor or HardWare
Vendors.
[0015] 3. AnsWering basic support questions on using
their softWare, i.e. performing mail merges, printing
various styles, creating faxes, etc.
[0016]
4. Routine Preventative Maintenance on server
and Workstations
[0017] 5. Ensuring backup is Working and performing
?le restores upon request
[0018] Any advanced questions, such as Writing macros,
creating a database, installing neW softWare, etc, are billed
to the client at a pre-determined hourly rate.
[0019]
In lieu of a support contract, the client may choose
to use a “pay-as-you-go” service. The cost of this service is
based on ?ve (5) minute increments, Whether via a telephone
or a remote dial-in.
[0020] Alternatively, a client may choose the “e-mail
support” option, Which alloWs them to post a question on the
LAN-IN-A-BOX Web site via e-mail. One of LAN-IN-A
BOX’s highly quali?ed Virtual Consultants responds Within
one business day. Aclient may also choose to send an e-mail
or call 1-888-LAN-N-BOX to request a price quote for
performing a service, such as Writing a macro, setting up a
database, creating a Web-page site, etc.
purchase, or they may vieW the order later, print it, etc. The
[0021] Each order receives thirty (30) days of free support
cost of their LAN-IN-A-BOX order Will be based on the
on setup, installation and basic usability questions.
value of the hardWare and softWare chosen, plus the costs for
pre-con?guring and fully testing the Server, and an addi
tional fee per Workstation to be pre-con?gured and fully
tested. Based on the average NetWork Consultant’s hourly
rate, it is very clear hoW LAN-IN-A-BOX & The LAN
Con?gurator signi?cantly reduce the total cost of oWner
ships of installing a Local Area NetWork.
[0022] Once the order is placed, a client is able to track the
progress of their order by logging back into our LAN-IN
[0011] The average amount of time spent at a client site
installing, con?guring and testing a neW LAN based on just
six (6) Workstations, is about sixteen (16) hours. That’s tWo
A-BOX Website, entering their User ID and PassWord, and
searching on their order number. The various stages of the
order are:
[0023] mo/dy/year: Order has been placed; ETA to
ProNet
[0024] mo/dy/year: Shipment has been received at
ProNet
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[0025] mo/dy/year: LAN is currently being con?g
ured to client’s speci?cations
[0026] mo/dy/year: LAN has been con?gured and is
being burned-in and tested to ensure reliability
[0027] mo/dy/year: LAN has been completely con
?gured and all items have been boXed up and
shipped to the client With a full instructional diagram
for setting up the LAN.
[0028] At any point in time, the client may call 1-888
LAN-N-BOX directly With any questions regarding their
order.
pre-con?gured and fully tested. Peripherals are fully tested.
Workstations and peripherals are connected to the server and
fully tested. Workstations and peripherals are disconnected
from the server and all are boXed up in numbered boxes.
These numbered boXes are shipped to the client along With
a diagram of necessary steps for setting up the LAN,
including Which items should be pulled out of their boXes
?rst according to the number of the boX. The diagram
instructs hoW the server should be plugged in, hoW the
Workstations should be connected to the server, When the
server and Workstations should be turned on, Where each
peripheral item including the hub, modems and printers
should be placed and hoW they should be plugged in. The
[0029] The boXes are numbered according to a diagram
included With every order. Once the order has been shipped
to the client and the client has received it, the diagram Walks
the client through every necessary step of setting up their
LAN. The diagram instructs:
[0030] 1. Which items should be pulled out of their
boXes ?rst, according to the number of the boX.
[0031]
a. HoW the Server should be plugged in and
connected and When to turn it on.
0032
diagram also directs When to boot up the Workstations and
provides steps for testing the login process, insuring all
Workstations Were pre-con?gured correctly. The shipment
includes a print out of the users order as a checklist. Thereby
by folloWing the step-by-step instructions, a LAN is pro
vided that is up and running and fully functioning With all
included Workstations able to access the server and the
peripherals attached to the server and run all softWare, Which
Was pre-installed at client’s request.
[0039] A LAN is created by ?rst choosing hoW many
b. Where each P eriP heral item should be
Workstations Will be attached to a server. Then a NOS is
placed and hoW they should be plugged in, i.e., the
hub, modems, printers, UPS, etc.
either chosen by the client or determined by the LAN
Con?gurator depending on Which services the client chooses
[0033]
c. When to boot up the Workstations
[0034] d. HoW to test the login process and ensuring
all Workstations Were pre-con?gured correctly.
to run on their server. The NOS is selected out of one of
several options, depending on What is available at time of
order.
[0040]
[0035] A printout of the user’s order is included as a
checklist.
The services the client Would like to have installed
on the server are chosen from a list, Which Will include, but
is not limited to:
[0036] The client may call 1-888-LAN-N-BOX at anytime
during this process With any questions or concerns they may
[0041] 1. ?le and print sharing
have installing the system. The call is free of charge.
[0042]
2. run a client/server application
[0037] Assuming no problems are encountered and the
client folloWs the step-by-step instructions, their LAN Will
be up and running in less than a couple of hours, fully
[0043]
3. faX server option
[0044] 4. modem sharing option
functioning With all included Workstations able to access the
LAN, all peripherals attached to the LAN, and all softWare
[0045]
5. e-mail server
pre-installed.
[0046]
6. internet access capability
[0047]
7. remote access capability
[0038]
The invention provides a cost saving method of
providing a business With a local area netWork (LAN) by
?rst determining a netWork operation system (NOS) to meet
the client’s speci?c needs, including server hardWare, a
[0048] If all or more than options 3-7 from the list and less
than ?fty-one Workstations Were chosen, tWo NOS options
disaster recovery plan, an email server, a faX server, modem
are presented betWeen Which to choose.
sharing ability, Web access and/or remote access capability.
The proper hub and netWork cards are determined. Cabling
for pre-installing by local Wiring contractor is determined
and provided to the client. Numbers of Workstations to add
to the LAN are chosen by the client. Speci?cations of each
Workstation, i.e. processor speed, random access memory
amount, hard drive siZe and operating system are chosen.
Software to be pre-installed on each Workstation is speci?ed.
User names to the server and indicating level of security
users should have on the server are assigned. The cost for the
hardWare and softWare chosen along With costs for pre
con?guring and fully testing the server and fees for pre
con?guring and fully testing the Workstations are estab
lished. The LAN is then ordered or saved. Upon ordering,
provider purchases necessary hardWare and softWare, the
server is pre-con?gured and fully tested. Workstations are
[0049] If all or more than one from options 3-7 are chosen
and greater than ?fty users are designated, a third netWork
operating system is presented.
[0050]
If option 1 only or options 1 and 4 or options 1, 4
and 6 are chosen, a fourth netWork operating systems is
presented.
[0051]
If only options 1 and 2 are selected or if only one
option from options 3-7 is selected, a ?fth netWork operating
system is presented.
[0052]
These and further and other objects and features of
the invention are apparent in the disclosure, Which includes
the above and ongoing Written speci?cation, With the claims
and the draWings.
Jun. 13, 2002
US 2002/0073181 A1
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
[0069] FIG. 2 is a How chart for setting up the server With
an e-mail server. Several questions need to be asked in order
[0053] FIG. 1 is a How chart for determining services and
network operating system to install for the client.
to properly con?gure the server as an e-mail server. First, the
provider needs to knoW Whether the user already has a
registered domain name. The neXt question asked is Whether
the user has an Internet Service Provider (ISP). If either of
[0054]
FIG. 2 is a How chart form to be ?lled out by client
if an e-mail server Was chosen.
[0055] FIG. 3 is a How chart form to be ?lled out by client
if modem sharing ability Was chosen.
[0056] FIG. 4 is a How chart form to be ?lled out by client
if faX sending/receiving ability Was chosen.
[0057]
FIG. 5 is a How chart form to be ?lled out by client
if internet access option Was chosen.
[0058]
FIG. 6 is a How chart for determining options for
Novell NetWare 3.2.
[0059]
FIG. 7 is a How chart for determining options for
Novell NetWare 4.2 or 5.1.
[0060]
FIG. 8 is a How chart for determining options for
these questions is ansWered negatively, the user is given the
option of having the provider obtain a domain name and/or
an ISP for the user.
[0070]
FIG. 3 is a How chart for setting up the server With
modem sharing capabilities. Several questions need to be
asked in order to properly con?gure the modem sharing.
First, the provider needs to knoW hoW many modems the
user Would like to have shared. If only 1 is chosen, provider
then asks Whether user Would like to have remote support
option, and, if so, ask if user Would like to add a second
modem. Also, if adding a faX server along With modem
sharing, form instructs user they must have at least 2
modems to properly support both features, else one feature
must be removed. If client chooses to have both features,
NetWare SBS v5.0.
modem number is automatically updated to 2 if they had
[0061]
previously only chosen 1.
FIG. 9 is a How chart for determining options for
NT Server v4.0.
[0071]
[0062] FIG. 10 is a How chart for determining options for
Microsoft BackOf?ce Enterprise Edition.
a faX server. Several questions need to be asked in order to
FIG. 4 is a How chart for setting up the server With
properly con?gure the faX server. First, the provider needs to
knoW hoW many modems the user Would like to have shared.
[0063]
FIG. 11 is a How chart for additional options on
Novell Servers (all versions eXcept SBS).
[0064] FIG. 12 is a How chart for additional options on
Microsoft NT Server v4.0.
[0065] FIG. 13 is a How chart for adding applicable
modem card to server and adding printers, if client desires,
to the LAN.
[0066]
FIG. 14 is a How chart for determining proper hub
to add to LAN if needed.
[0067] FIG. 15 is a How chart for determining proper ?le
server hardWare to be used to support NOS, etc., chosen and
to then alloW client to start adding Workstations to their
LAN.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE
PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS
[0068]
FIG. 1 is a How chart for determining a user’s
options. The ?rst question asked is hoW many Workstations
Will be attached to this server. This information is stored for
If only 1 is chosen, provider then asks Whether they plan on
using the faX server for sending and receiving. If yes, form
instructs the user they really need 2 modems to properly
support the faX server and gives user option of changing
number of modems from 1 to 2. If only using faX server for
either sending or receiving, form also displays information
to user asking if they Would like to have remote support
option, and, if so, ask if user Would like to add a second
modem. Also, if adding a modem sharing along with fax
server, form instructs user they must have at least 2 modems
to properly support both features, else one feature must be
removed. If client chooses to have both features, modem
number is automatically updated to 2 if they had previously
only chosen 1.
[0072] FIG. 5 is a How chart for setting up the server to
have Internet access capabilities. Several questions need to
be asked in order to properly con?gure the server for Internet
access. First, the provider needs to knoW Whether the user
already has a an account With an ISP and, if so, the form asks
for the pertinent information about the ISP. If no, form gives
user the option of having provider recommend one for them.
future use. Then a user has option to either chooses a
The form also asks Whether the user has a registered domain
NetWork Operating System (NOS) or, if the user does not
name. If ansWered negatively, the user is given the option of
have a preference, the provider selects a NOS for the user
having the provider obtain a domain name and/or an ISP for
depending on Which services they Would like to have
installed on their server, The list of services is displayed for
the user.
client to choose from. If the user knoWs Which NOS is
desired, the user proceeds to the appropriate ?oW chart for
determining further options to have installed on their NOS.
Else, the remainder of the How chart of FIG. 1 guides the
user through service options to determine the best NOS for
the client’s needs based on the user’s selected services and
the number of Workstations attached to the server. Some of
the services include ?le and print sharing, run client/server
applications, faX server option, modem sharing option,
e-mail server, Internet access capability, and remote access
capability.
[0073]
FIG. 6 is a How chart for a user Who selects
NetWare 3.2. File and print sharing is only option inherent
in this NOS. The user is given the option to add other
features using third party softWare. The user may be asked
more in-depth questions for their desired options in order for
the provider to properly con?gure the system to the user’s
eXact speci?cations & requirements.
[0074] FIG. 7 is a How chart for a user Who selects
NetWare 4.2 or 5.0 as the NOS. File and print sharing and
running a client/server application are available With this
NOS. The user is given the option to add other features using
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