06-26-2006, 05:16 AM
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Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Blenheim, New Zealand
So far I can see you invisaging a setup similar to the attached diagram. The key problem here is that you are allowing clients access to your computer which is not really good practice. Even if you trust the users you still don't know if they have viruses, etc. on their laptops. If your printer is network capable, consider connecting it to your network instead of directly to the office PC. Also consider installing a good firewall on the office PC to give you better control over incoming traffic and block anything malicious.
Satellite internet will be the most interesting part in a situation like this. Unlike normal broadband connections (e.g. ADSL) which you could just 'plug and play' to get this going, you may need to install proprietry software on your PC. Some satellite connections also use a proxy server and/or a dialup modem for uploading data, and in this type of situation you might find it very difficult to share the connection over a local network without lots of fiddling.
You may be able to set up a separate Linux-based computer set up with your satellite equipment and use this as an internet gateway.
Sorry if this sounds all doom and gloom, I'm not trying to put you off the whole plan as it sounds like a good idea! I'm just trying to point out a few possible issues I can see that might bite back later.