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#1 Johnz414

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 02:41 PM

Hi,

I just built a new PC and I am thinking of Networking my old PC off of it.

I was wondering if you can't just use a modem "dual jack" instead of a router to do this?

Is there such a thing as a "dual" jack for a modem?

I mean like the dual phone jacks to run 2 phone lines off of.

Anyone know anything about this?

John

PS If this cannot be done does anyone one have a best recommendation for router? Wired? Wireless? Make? Thanks.

Edited by Johnz414, 22 May 2008 - 02:43 PM.

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 03:31 PM

You can connect the 2 computers together using an ethernet "Crossover" cable. It goes from 1 NIC to the other.

However, if you still want to access the internet, you will need a second NIC in one of the computers.

Once the first one has an internet connection, it can be used to supply the connection to the second one.


You could also get a wireless router and then get wireless NIC cards for each unit and connect through the router to the internet or to the other computer.

I have the computers in my main house wired into a router while I have wireless in 2 remote locations. Wired is more secure than wireless as well as being faster.

Good luck.

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 03:50 PM

It should also be noted that a router makes an excellent hardware firewall for extra security.
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#4 Johnz414

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 04:15 PM

OK,

I've just purchased a 'wireless' router and a card and will probably end up just using that.

However, rigacci you said that cable is faster. So, what if I want to wire from one room to another, about 50'-75' of wiring.

How would I go about doing that?

I'd like to use wall jacks and run the cable through the attic here. It wouldn't be to hard.

I take it that "Crossover" cable is also called Cat 6 network wire. Are there wall jacks for this? And where would I get them, if there are?

The NIC is the regular Network Interface Card that I already use to hookup my PC to my modem?

Just want to make sure I know what I'm doing. Thanks.

John

PS And yes, security is always good.

Edited by Johnz414, 22 May 2008 - 04:16 PM.

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 05:22 AM

Yes, wired is faster than wireless but for most of us we will not notice the speed. Installing wall plates is the way to go. You could mark a location on the wall, cut a small hole and using a plumbers helper (fishing wire) you should be able to feed it up to the attic.

A Crossover Cable is NOT the same as Cat6. Cat6 denotes that it is for Gigabit signals to travel through the cable.

The crossover cable reverses a couple of wires so that each is getting the correct data. You could NOT use that crossover cable as a patch from 1 computer to the wall. It will not work; only works between 2 computers.

Yes, the NIC (Network Interface Card) is the one that is presently in there. Most motherboards come with them now but you can also install a PCI NIC or even a USB Plug-in NIC (Wireless no less).

Good luck.

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