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How Many Computers Does the Average Geek Network Have?

Ever wonder how your home network ranks on the geek scale? The good folks over at 7 Tutorials have put together an interesting post detailing the results of a survey on what the average geeky network really consists of.

There’s a lot of information about devices, security, operating system, and more. It definitely looks like most geeks have a pretty complicated network going. How does your network stack up?

The Complex & Surprising Anatomy of a Home Network [7 Tutorials]

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  • Published 04/21/11

Comments (54)

  1. John

    4

  2. silversuperman

    are we including entertainment equipment like PS3 and XboX360′s???

  3. durr

    Ah come on, why do you delete my honest comment?

  4. Mike H

    4 physical – 10+ VM’s

  5. Matti

    It’s not the quantity, it’s how you use it.

    I currently have three computers, but only one of them is in daily use.

  6. Jason G

    Six:

    4 Windows 7 Machines
    1 Windows Home Server Machine
    1 Mac OS 10.6

    If NAS’s count then due to having an independent OS, then I guess 7

  7. Brad H

    6 physical, 10 if you include virtual clients 1 snow leopard, 2 server 2008, 3 linux, 4 windows 7.

  8. Angie

    4 Windows 7 Machines
    1 Mac OS 10.6
    1 Linux Mint
    1 Linux Ubuntu
    1 Windows XP
    1 Vista
    1 Windows Home Server :-)

  9. Andrew

    1 Power Edge Server
    2 Laptops for the parents
    1 Laptop for my own mobile needs
    1 Custom GamingDevelopment Machine
    1 DesktopPrint server

    Total of 6 machines

  10. gton

    2 mac osx leopard
    2 windows 7
    dont know if it counts 2 galaxys tabs 3 smartphones

  11. Hjoranna

    4 PCs (XP, Vista, 7, 7)
    1 Mac (10.4)
    1 WHS
    2 Linux (Ubuntu Studio, Xandros)

  12. Dvill1126

    7 plus 5 mobile

  13. Jean-Michel Paris

    3 servers
    9 clients
    -> 12 machines

  14. Annie B.

    2 Windows 7 Thinkpads
    1 XP Lenovo netbook
    1 Windows Home Server

  15. TTunco

    I don’t see how someone would need more than 4 computers, or 3. /Really/?

  16. Clarence

    I have, at present, two. One three boot (XP, Win Vista Ultimate, Win 7 Ultimate) and one old Athlon Thunderbird duel boot to Win98se and Win XP. Have had as many as four but I lost two them do to a power problem.

  17. Mac M

    2 servers Win 2008 and 2003 w/SQL2005
    1 Vista box for Netflix and Movies connected to the flat screen
    1 Vista Box for the Wife
    1 Win7 laptop
    1 Ubuntu laptop
    1 HP thin Client

  18. Aches

    3 Windows 7
    1 Windows XP
    1 Ubuntu

  19. Jack

    1 linux server, 3 linux desktop, 3 more to set up
    2 XP ‘server’
    2 XP laptops
    1 Linux sever (also used as desktop, counted above)
    1 Linux laptop

    3 wifi routers, 3 wifi ‘bridges’

  20. Ricardo

    1 – main custom built computer (2 virtual)
    2 – custom built htpc
    2 – windows home servers
    1 – laptop (give something for wife to use)

    6 – Total

  21. Julie

    1 – window 7 ultimate desktop
    3 – window xp pro desktops
    2 – window 8 ultimate laptops
    2 – servers running server 2003

  22. dave

    3 Freenas Servers, 4TB, 4TB, and 2TB
    4 re-purposed Symantec Security gateways 2 vyatta , 1 linux subsonic server. 1 linux BT server
    1 Win7 machine for media server
    2 Win7 desktops
    2 Win7 laptops
    4 P4 Super-micro servers TBD…..

    Anyway thats whats running now, but there is more….

  23. Cori

    3 Windows 7 (2 of these are laptops)
    3 Windows XP Pro (all desktops)

    6 total (not including the 5 game consoles that are also on the network)

  24. damon2

    3 Windows 7 Laptops (my wife’s laptop, my laptop, office laptop used as a desktop)

    1 Windows XP laptop (wife’s work laptop)

    One 2 TB NAS

    Xbox 360

    Nintendo Wii

  25. roystreet

    I use:

    1 – Win 7/vista dual boot
    1 – Win 7/Ubuntu dual boot (w/XP vm)
    1 – Ubuntu Server (dual boot XP in case of emergency)
    2 – NAS (Which I’m sure use Linux)
    1 – iOS (Which is based on BSD – Related to Linux/Unix) – This is iPhone

    My main OS is Win 7 & I’m quite happy with it. :-)

  26. debsawyer

    1 – Win 7/JoliOS dual boot (desktop)
    1 – Win7 (laptop)
    1 – iMac
    1 – iPad 2
    1 – iPod 4th Gen
    1 – NAS server
    1 – PogoPlug
    1 – HTC Evo 4G
    1 – Palm Pre (Sprint)
    1 – JoliOS (desktop)

  27. debsawyer

    Forgot my:

    1 – Wii

  28. Joleca

    4

    1 – Windows Desktop – Win 7 Ultimate
    2 – Notebooks – Win 7 Professional
    1 – Netbook – still on Win 7 Starter (will be upgraded)

  29. roberto

    A GEEK WILL HAVE AS MANY PC AS HE NEEDS. In order to accomplish his need.
    And go on to his next mission. Never too meany!!!!

  30. James P. Dyer

    1 – Windows 2003 Server
    5 – XP machines (4 desktops, 1 laptop)
    2 – Vista machines (1 desktop, 1 laptop)
    2 – Windows 7 laptops
    1 – Linux laptop (Ubuntu 10.10)
    3 – iPad 2
    1 – Wii
    1 – Xbox 360
    1 – PS2
    1 – Xbox
    1 – iPhone
    2 – Blackberry Curves
    Total 22 before the repair machines that will go on and off the network as needed.

  31. jrn1957

    If you talking just computers:
    7, all WIndows 7 Ultimate

    If you’re talking any device on the network, then add:
    3 digital entertainers
    2 TVs
    2 Blu-Rays
    1 printer
    1 stereo
    4 x 1TB disk drives
    3 powered access points
    2 routers
    Home phone system

  32. reneuend

    2 – windows 7
    4 – xp pro
    ——————–
    6 ( I loved building every one of them! :-) )

    plus 3 laptops (wireless):
    1 – vista
    1 – win7 & win server 2003 (dual boot)
    1 – xp pro

  33. Jeremy

    1 Atari
    =)

  34. xana452

    Just one: an hp pavilion p6616f. Unless you count the laptop that I can’t find. :p

  35. Mike

    1 – Windows Home Server
    2 – 7
    2 – XP
    1 – XP Laptop
    1 – Ubuntu Laptop

  36. Michael T

    1 – Windows 7 Ultimate w/XBMC, security cams, file server, other general purpose
    1 – Laptop, for the woman who’s addicted to Farmville
    1 – iPad 2, general web/im and lite gaming
    3 – iPhones, my main, her main, and one with a broken screen that’s good enough to be used as an XBMC remote
    1 – Samsung TV
    3 – security cams
    1 – Wii
    2 – Nintendo DS’

    I’ve cut down due to energy savings… used to have a dedicated gaming rig, but I’m getting old and, rather, uninterested in such anymore. Also used to have a dedicated FreeBSD file server, but I’m no longer finding the need for such dedication. No FTP, no HTTP, cutting down, being as simple as I can be. If I need to tinker with networking and multiple OS’s, VMware comes to call every time.

  37. nateg

    1 router
    2 switches
    1 Windows7 (laptop)
    2 Vista
    2 xp
    wii
    xbox
    sony2
    11 total

  38. Paul

    1 NetGear Wireless Router
    1 Windows 7 Desktop Workstation
    1 Windows 7 Laptop (wireless)
    1 Laptop hard wired to router (OS subject to change for testing purposes)
    1 Smart phone (Android Platform)
    1 Nintendo Wii
    1 Hp Laser Jet Printer
    1 Lexmark scanner

    ***Also have whatever junk somebody gives me or brings over that needs repaired**

  39. Larry

    I have 3 computers and a vonage device on my network.

    2 XP & 1 VISTA

    I use one XP as my main computer – where I typed the first line of this comment. I copied and pasted it into VISTA to finish the second and third line.

    This fourth line is being typed on my other XP computer.

    I submitted the comment using a fourth laptop (off the network for security reasons) using windows 95 and a dial-up AOL connection through the Vonage Device.

    I could never have done all that so successfully with just one XP on my network.

  40. Don

    4

    1 Desktop Win 7 Pro x64 Sabertooth MB Intel i7-950 16 Gigs mem
    3 Laptops
    2 have Win 7 Pro x64
    2 have SSD

    With these, my information and communications seem to move along well, taking good advantage of the internet and installed references for medical use

  41. heu

    4
    1 Desktop with a 24″ LCD Monitor that can boot OpenSUSE 11.4 32-bit, Sabayon-KDE 32-bit, FreeBSD and XP Pro (which I havent booted in months)
    1 Laptop that can boot OpenSUSE 11.4 64-bit, Sabayon-KDE, Ubuntu (only because I need it for a project) and W7 HB (which came pre-installed)
    1 Old Desktop running Peppermint Linux (a lightweight variant of Ubuntu-LXDE)
    1 Multifunction HP Printer with WiFi
    Atlanta Scientific Cable Modem – $28 Encore b/g/n Wireless/Ethernet Router (that’s never let me down)
    1 Samsung GT-S8500 Wave phone
    1 HP Laser Jet

  42. Don Roberts

    3 desktop Windows 7
    2 desktop Windows XP
    3 laptop Windows 7
    1 laptop Windows XP
    2 tablet Android
    1 PDA Windows 2003
    1 2TB NAS Wireless
    1 HP D7460 Wireless Printer

  43. Kevin

    6 desktops XP (4 file servers)
    2 Desktop Ubuntu (1 FTP server,1 file server)
    1 Desktop Suse
    2 laptop XP
    2 laptop Window 7
    4 Virtual machines on laptops (Linux)
    3 Virtual machines on desktops (Linux)

  44. Kevin L

    lets see, there are 4 of us, each have a desktop and laptop. so that makes 8. 3 Windows 7 and 5 Windows XP. We also have a Windows Home server and 2 media PCs, and one that is a”lab” PC that I play with (new Linux etc.).

    total 12, all except laptops are hardwired ethernet

  45. ktown

    I’m typing this on my Android smart phone

  46. Brunswick MD

    6 -XP total: 3-Desktop n 3-Laptops

    4-are wifi network/ 2-are lan line

    1-Mac wish list

  47. Søren Ferling

    1 P100 dualboot DOS 6.22 and Win 98se – for old dos-things
    1 1GHz Duron double dualboot to Ubuntu 10.4 or Win XP or Win 2003 EE R2
    1 1.8 GHz Core Duo with Win XP
    1 2.25 GHz i3 with Win 7 Home Premium
    All connected to a 1 NAS 4 TB (and an internet gateway of coarse) and with VM’s: DOS 7.1, OS/2 v.3, Win 2000, Win XP on all but P100.

  48. GirlGeek

    Netgear wirelss (locked down even out in the country)
    XP home media – hubby’s in the pole barn office
    Vista home premium – laptop in the family room
    Windows 7 home premium – workstation in my office

  49. D-Rob

    2 – Windows 7 Laptops
    1 – Win XP Desktop
    2 – iPhones
    2 – TiVo Boxes
    1 – Ubuntu desktop

  50. Darron

    3 – machines @ server 2008 – file servers
    1 – machine @ server 2008 – DNS server and web server
    2 – machines @ windows vista professional – workstations
    3 – laptops @ windows 7 – photo graphics editing, programming and remote control, everyday use
    1 – machine @ ex server running linux – linux testing machine (is going to be a web server one day)
    2 – custom built machine @ dos (that right dos) – one is designed for 3d rendering, all solid state – no hard drives. the second one is for trouble shooting, electronic building, progrmming.

  51. davo

    4 desktops: 1 win 7, 2 Vista, 1 XP
    3 laptops: 1 win 7, 1 Vista, 1 XP
    1 Xbox 360
    4 DirecTV DVRs
    3 Android based phones
    Linksys wireless router

  52. Bob

    2 Win 7
    1 Vista
    4 XP
    1 Windows 2000 Advanced Server
    1 Win98
    1 ESX 4.1

  53. catflap

    4 w7 laptops
    2 xp laptops
    1 netgear WAP
    2 hp eprint printers
    1 netgear sc101
    1 an other net work HDD (make unknown)
    1 Belkin router
    1 netgear switch
    1 hp pavillion running w 2008 std server
    1 blackberry
    1 htc wild fire
    1 tocco light
    1 htc hd2
    1 xbox 360s
    1 Wii

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