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Since I found a way to take my classes online, I've decided to buy a 2nd computer for my room. It'll free up the current one for the rugrats.

What do I need to run both computers to the internet using my cable modem? Also, I'd like to be able to send print commands from both comps, as well as send data from comp 1 to comp 2.

I've asked similar questions before, and got about 1,000,000 different answers. Any ideas?

Computer networking is one of my admitted weak points, I'll have to start studying up.
 

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You can get a cable router and share the connection, or you can set up ICS and have one computer act as a gateway to the internet.

What OS are you using?
 

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My suggestion would be a Linksys cable/dsl router with built in 4-port switch. Been using one for a few years with no problems. Highly recommended.

If you feel like spending a little more, you can get the same device with a print server and wireless access point built in, too. Haven't tested this one myself, but I do have a seperate WAP from Linksys that works great!!

[ December 17, 2001: Message edited by: Intrepid99 ]
 

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you will need a cable/dsl router in order to share the cable modem signal over the two PC's. This allows you to share one IP with multiple pc's.

Next you will need a hub or switch for the pcs to plug into, a lot of the routers have built in 4-port hubs, if you buy one of these all you need to do is plug both in. Your other option is to buy a hub or preferably a switch. This is the piece that all pcs connect to, the switch is faster but the hub will work, stay away from the cheap 10-base-t units and go 10/100, you'll thank yourself for spending the extra couple dollars for the speed benefits. Most of the smaller 10/100 units are 5-port which is fine since your cable modem will be one port adn each pc will be one for a total of 3 ports used adn 2 available for future upgrades.

Now all you need to do is be sure your NIC cards are set for both pc's to use "workgroup" and each has it's own "name"

Remember to turn on file or print sharing and keep in mind that your pc's must be powered on (log-in screen or logged in) to access sared components

If you need any more info or help just yell but it is very easy to set up a home (peer-to-peer) network
 

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If you have 98SE, internet connection sharing is already built in, but you may need to install it using Add/Remove Programs - Windows Setup.

As far as connecting the machines, I use the "old" coax method. It doesn't need a hub or switch, just a coax cable that goes from one ethernet NIC to the other. Each NIC has a "T" connector. You can put as many machines in the chain as you wish, and put a "terminator" on each end. A terminator is actually just a $2 resistor.

I use this method at home now with 3 PCs. In the past, we ran up to 25 at work this way.

The only problem is coax is limited to 10 MBPS, I believe. But I've found this to be plenty fast enough for a small home setup. And 10MB cards are really cheap these days, in the $5-10 range.

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Originally posted by dodint:
What do I need to run both computers to the internet using my cable modem? Also, I'd like to be able to send print commands from both comps, as well as send data from comp 1 to comp 2.
You know what they say... Pictures speak a thousand words.

You can also review other people's setups at the site.

Once you decide on the method to create the physical network, the usual posters in this group should be able to help you on getting it set up as well as assist you with configuring Windows to allow for file and printer sharing.
 

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Or a cross over cable, but you will have issues with it. Get a 4 port router, do it right. Don't pay over a 100 for a router though. Dlink DI-704 work well.

ICS, I've had too many problems with programs refusing to work through ICS.

Router, two 2 PCI 10/100 Nic's, two straight through cables of CAT 5 & your done.
 
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