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#1 Uraiser

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Posted 23 March 2006 - 07:14 PM

Hello, Im usually pretty good with computers, but networking I'm rusty on. I know that i'll need 2 ethernet cables, a router, and a computer connected to the internet.. Is that all i will need in order to connect both computers to the internet? If not, what else is needed? Im using AOL broadband, so I'm not always connected.

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Posted 23 March 2006 - 09:03 PM

If your going to set up a traditional wired network then yes you need a network card/port in each computer, a router with a built in switch (4 or more LAN ports) and three Cat5e patch cables to connect the computers to the router and the router to your broadband modem. I assume the AOL broadband has a modem which links to the network port on one of your computers at the moment?

Then you need to set up the router's internet port with the same IP address as in the AOL connected computer at the moment. Enable DHCP on the router. Set up both PCs on the same workgroup with file and printer sharing enabled and their network addresses to be set automatically.

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Posted 23 March 2006 - 09:58 PM

When he said he is not always on could he be referring to DSL or dialup? If DSL you may have to enable PPPoE on the router. If dialup get DSL or Cable. I prefer Cable (always on since '97).
I would also add a print server to the mix. It is shown to the far right. This one will connect 3 printers with parrelell connecetions. With a print server you can up the printer on any computer.

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Posted 23 March 2006 - 10:49 PM

When he said he is not always on could he be referring to DSL or dialup? If DSL you may have to enable PPPoE on the router. If dialup get DSL or Cable. I prefer Cable (always on since '97).
I would also add a print server to the mix. It is shown to the far right. This one will connect 3 printers with parrelell connecetions. With a print server you can up the printer on any computer.

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Thanks guys, and yes i do have cable. Im always connected to Time warner, but im not always connected to aol..Sorry for the mixup. I know that every time i sign on AOL, my IP changes, will I have to change it on my router everytime i sign on? That would be tedious.

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Posted 23 March 2006 - 11:52 PM

You router is a computer that's sole job is to router your computers. It will take care of that for you. If I may ask, why do you still use AOL if you have cable?
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Posted 24 March 2006 - 12:32 AM

You router is a computer that's sole job is to router your computers. It will take care of that for you. If I may ask, why do you still use AOL if you have cable?



Its the AOL cable service.. Quite frankly im not even sure, I want road runner, but my mom is to stubborn. She feels safe with AOL for some reason..

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Posted 28 March 2006 - 06:31 PM

Its the AOL cable service.. Quite frankly im not even sure, I want road runner, but my mom is to stubborn. She feels safe with AOL for some reason..



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Posted 30 March 2006 - 06:50 PM

Sorry for posting this here but Acklan those 24 port switches you got there are they from the net or did you get them at a local store because where I live (some place in back woods quebec) well I don't really have a used computer store... there are only 3 good places... and they order all there parts and herd alot of bad things from the 4th.

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Posted 30 March 2006 - 09:30 PM

Two from a local used/new Mom and Pop computer store. Two off of eBay, $19.95/plus $7/95 shipping. I just replaced the fans (2) in the SS II hub500. I buy even if I don't needed them, so when I do I have them. eBay let's you buy stuff you normally could not touch. I was told those hub were $400+ new. Be sure if you by one it is 10T/100T and not just 10T.
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Posted 30 March 2006 - 10:58 PM

Ok Thanks




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