add pc to network

  checkout 07:06 16 Apr 2005

I have two pcs networked together via cable. I would like to add another pc.Can I get a network card with two outlets or do I need some sort of hub?. Would like to keep to cable rather then wireless.

  Diodorus Siculus 08:04 16 Apr 2005

I think that you need a hub when there are more than two PCs. A quick post in the network forum might confirm for you. click here

  mgmcc 11:46 16 Apr 2005

Normally, you would need a network hub/switch to add a third PC. However, if you have a PC running Windows XP, it is very simple to install a second network adapter (if you have a free PCI slot) and then "bridge" the two Local Area Connections.

  Ivor_Monkey 12:01 16 Apr 2005

Forget about hubs. You need a router. This will give you indepedent access to the internet from all machines, is better future proof, and often includes a firewall.

Cables: If you have your 2 pcs connected directly then (I think) it has to be using crossover cable. For a router, you will need straight cable. THe cables will need to be replaced, or there may be some thingy you put on the ends to uncross them -provided the crossed cables were crossed in a standard way(?)

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