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Posted 18 November 2006 - 01:30 PM
Posted 19 November 2006 - 12:43 PM
I'd like to setup a second computer to share a cable internet connection and for file and printer sharing. I wanted to avoid shelling out too much on routers where possible and read that using a direct wire connection for just two comps on the network would provide the best results.
I bought a second network card with ethernet cable but before opening the packaging I wanted to ensure I had the right hardware to accomplish the objectives. So i install second network card with driver in host computer that is currently attached directly to cable modem, then connect ethernet cable from the second comp (which has ethernet card) to the new network card on host..then other than configuring windows on each computer is there anything else I need to do?
the second comp runs win XP pro but has only 256mb of ram..what ramifications on performance should i expect?...also will the signal be split when the second comp is connected or will I get full speed on both with this setup?...
I would stay away from configuring you LAN IP addresses, also referred to and internal IP addresses, as static IPs. This is usually not needed. Configure you IP for DHCP, which will automatically assign your computers an internal IP address.
I'll also need to know what services(if any) need to be set to automatic ..I'm sure I'll need to do some configuring with windows on both comps and if you can help me there too I'd be very much obliged.
thirdly and lastly, will the cable company be able to tell that I am running two comps off the one cable modem..I heard they will charge extra for another computer to access their service but if using a wired router they cannot tell if another PC is connected...of course I will not be using a router here but since it is nevertheless a wired connection does the same stealth still apply?
Thank you so much for all your experience and expert guidance...
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