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Hi, we run a grocery store and 5 xp workroup pc's that connect to windows 2003 server basically to share data on a mapped drive.  We have a the server and all pc's going into as small netgear switch then that switch goes into our router so they have internet access.  This works fine but we had a problem with one the cables going from the router to the switch and because of the location, it's pain to run another cable but since the server is upstairs next to router, we were thinking we might be able to use that cable to run from the router to the switch then just run the server to another port in router.  So, the 5 pc's would go into the switch then that switch would go to router and the server would go to router but this did not work.  Is it because we need all computers that are part of the workgroup actually on the same switch?  It's craddlepoint router.  Thanks, Joe

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