I have just purchased the Netgear DG814 modem/router and am trying to set up my first LAN
Ive got the host computer all working okay and now want to connect up a second PC in another room. Is all I need to do connect an RJ45 cable from the PC to the router and that will take care of the cabling for the network or do I need more than one network card in each PC - one for modem traffic, one for LAN traffic
I thought I would need just the one as the Netgear has a built in 4 port 10/100 switch
A patch cable (or straight through cable) is different from a crossover cable. Most routers carry out the switch (or cross-over) function internally, so a straight through cable is all you need for your connecting your second PC.
XP and 2000 on the same LAN is OK. Try not to think of them as main and second PCs. With a router they are both (equal) clients.
Start with the XP computer. Click -- control panel -- network and internet connections -- setup or change your home or small office network. Run the network wizard and work through the questions. At the end select -- create a network setup disk -- and when done run it on the Win 2000 machine.