help me to set up network please...

  Jaro 21:11 08 Nov 2005

Hi, i now i could find some articles on the net about how to set up home network but i tought i could come here to usk for advise. maybe somebody already done it before.

so here is the thing: i have a desktop comp runing winXP and old laptop runing win98SE. the desktop comp is conected to the internet via cable modem. what i want is conect the laptop to the desktop comp to share internet conection. i prefere wireless connection but i dont mind to use ethernet cable cos i have the ethernet conectors on both comps.

could anyone tell me the easyest way how to conect tham and the cheapest option is the best one for me.

i was a litle bit worryed about two diferent OS.

  LastChip 23:03 08 Nov 2005

The cheapest option is to buy a "Crossover" cable and connect the two computers Ethernet ports.

If you use this method, the computer attached to the modem must be on to enable your laptop to connect to the Internet.

You would then use Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) to enable your laptop to connect.

The two different operating systems are not an issue.

  mgmcc 20:38 09 Nov 2005

To create a wired network for Internet access and File/Printer sharing, you have essentially two options:

1) Install a Network Adapter in each PC (if not already installed) and connect them directly with a "crossover" CAT5 ethernet cable. "Internet Connection Sharing” is then enabled on the actual Internet connection in the “host” PC and the “client” PC will have Internet access provided the “host” is running and online.

When you enable “Internet Connection Sharing” on the Internet connection in the “host” PC, it automatically configures the Local Area Connection with the IP address and subnet mask If you run the Zone Alarm firewall in your “host” PC, the Internet Zone Security level must be reduced from High to Medium or “ICS” traffic will be blocked. The “client” PC’s Local Area Connection should be set to get its IP address automatically, which it does by DHCP from the “host”.

To enable “Internet Connection Sharing” in Windows XP, open the Network Connections folder, right click the actual internet connection (modem connection), select Properties and then the Advanced tab. Tick the box “Allow other network users...etc”

2) The preferred option for connecting more than one computer is to use a broadband Router. All networked computers connect directly to the router with ‘straight-wired’ CAT5 ethernet cables.

With a router, it is the router which connects directly to the ISP and not one of the connected PCs. The router in turn allocates the IP addresses to the PCs, using one of the address ranges reserved for Local Area Networks, usually

Either of these options will additionally allow you to run File and/or Printer Sharing across the network.

If you are running software firewalls, the IP addresses of the networked PCs must be put into its "trusted" area to allow them to communicate with one another.

  Strawballs 22:05 10 Nov 2005

You can connect wirelessly without using a router (Ad Hoc)click here

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