We're making some sort of LAN-Party with friends, and, due to various reasons, we want to setup the network in a way of a ring network. We of course all have modern machines with end-user network adapters; we also all run Windows 7 (in different versions - but the lowest is Home Premium I believe).
So, what's a way to set up this kind of network? The use cases and requirements for this would be:
- Support for standard laptop OEM LAN cards as well as cheap USB-LAN adapters (most laptops have only one LAN port, unfortunately)
- Support of games based on IP addressing (some may work with weird protocols, other may not)
- It should support internet connection sharing (most likely only one person will have shared internet connection)
- Minimal installation complication and configuration (I can configure every PC, but I'd like to keep my work as simple as possible. Preparing the easy script for everyone would be even better, bust most likely I will test anything myself anyway, so it's not a priority).
I'd like to know what I will need to set this all up properly, also, what are the caveats (special abilities LAN adapter should support -> how to check for them, etc.)
I am mostly concerned with the physical layout of cables. I don't want them to be concentrated in one point; instead, I want them to go around the room.