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#1 dgs8502

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Posted 02 November 2006 - 11:10 PM

I just bought a laptop and want to connect it directly to desktop PC to share files, etc. My desktop ethernet is connected to my cable modem. Can I connect the two (laptop and desktop) anyother way than having to disconnect ethernet from modem and reconnect ethernet to laptop?

I would like to keep cable connected to desktop and use it as host for internet shared connection with the laptop.

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Posted 03 November 2006 - 05:30 AM

To be able to connect the laptop to the COmputer you will either need to unplug the cable to the modem or install more hardware.

If the modem you have has 2 ethernet points then you are in luck and you can connect both to the same source. If not you will either need to install a Hub/Switch to connect all of the devices together.
The other option would be to install a second Ethernet card in the PC. You can now get USB to ethernet devices so if you have not get any spare PCI slots in the PC this could be a option.

to be honest the cheapest way for a home network which I gather this is. Would be to just buy a Hub and have all of the equipement off that. A switch would be better but if you are only going to connect 2 PC's to a internet source you could save some money and buy a HUB. Not that much differance in price these days they are both cheap as chips.

I hope this helps.
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Posted 03 November 2006 - 09:29 AM

You may wish to go with a wireless router to do this. They can be had new for as little as $50 - and will offer you the added security of a hardware firewall and customizable network settings (for security and ease of use).
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