wired network

  neo1 17:49 13 Aug 2005

hi ive got 2 pc with realtek rtl8139/810x family fast ethernet nic the main computer has p4 3 ghz and is connectted to telwest 2mg broadband by motorola surfbord sb4100 what is the best router to use and what cables do i need to wire them up with and how? also can i put a printer on the network as well

  Zaphod Beeblebrox 01:20 14 Aug 2005

parts needed

cable router
1 crossover cable should be supllied with the modem
2 patch cables

can you connect a printer? yes

you have 2 ways of doing this

1 connect the printer to one of the machines you can then share it with the other one over the network the

2 get a dedicated print server

now for the tough one best router you will get various answers on this different people have different views

shop round a bit well known names

are belkin netgear linsky D-link to name a few
shop round see what deals you can get

OR Finally you could throw all that out of the window and buy a crossover cable and link them directly the down side of this is the machine connected directly to the internet needs to be on for the other to access the net

hope these ideas are of some help


  neo1 23:15 14 Aug 2005

if i connected them both as u said with the cross over cable how would i share the broadband connection with the second computer

  Zaphod Beeblebrox 00:58 16 Aug 2005

Assuming you use Xp run the network wizard for ics

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