Networking Novice - need advice

  mrdanger2002 21:08 12 Dec 2005

Hi, I need to setup a way of sharing broadband between two computers. My sister is hogging the internet and I am not sure how to go about this. I know I need to purchase a broadband router, but which is better, wireless or wired? Also how to I go about setting one of these up obviously two network cables which plug in to motherboard but apart from that I know nothing. Please HELP!!!!

  howard63 21:23 12 Dec 2005

it depends on your budget and how far apart the pcs are. I have 2 pcs in the same room both have an rj45 socket free. A crossover cable about £5 allows the 2 pcs to communicate and share printers etc. My broadband connection goes to 1 pc which then has internet connection sharing set up on it. This pc must be on and connected for the second one to connect. The system works very well and is cheap to set up.

  mgmcc 22:59 12 Dec 2005

My standard "blurb" for wired networking ;)

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 The “client” PC’s Local Area Connection should be set to get its IP address automatically, which it does by DHCP from the “host”. Also, 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.

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 and, with ADSL, this should be a combined “Router/ADSL Modem”. 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.

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