1. So how does calling Argonet work?As far as I can work out, it is Deep Magic™.
More helpfully, it does appear that different 'devices' can have different IP addresses assigned. In this way, I can run a system with the following:
2. Why is 10-baseT more reliable than 10-base2?10-base2 is much less reliable than 10-baseT because it is string of connections from one computer to the next, all rigged up with BNC twist-lock connectors. It is terminated. A break in the cable can kill the network (by varying degrees, it depends where/how the cable was broken). Losing a terminator may not be noticed, or it may send your network into heart attack.
On the other hand, 10-baseT uses a 'hub' to interconnect all of the machines. There is a direct
link between each machine and the hub. This is pretty hairy for home installations, and shocking
for new installations in older buildings; but new buildings where networking is envisaged tend to
be 'flood wired' if the contract can afford it. That means, network wiring is laid on in the very
infrastructure of the building so adding a network and moving machines around is not that