I have 2 computers that I want to network so I can share the printer & BB connection. They are close together so a cabled system will do. What I want to know is the the Telewest cable modem plugs into the lan connector on the one M/C, and lan connector is free on the other. Does this mean all I have to purchase is a network card for the M/C that the lan connector is being used on and connect the cable from the network card to the lan connection on the other M/C or am I missing something.
Alan227. Doing it the way you suggest is quite feasible. In this case all you would need besides the additional lan card is a CROSSOVER cat5 network cable. This way would entail using the main PC as a gateway to the net and it would have to be on and connected to the modem whenever you wished to use the other machine to connect. By using a router you could use either PC independently without the other having to be switched on. In this case you would require a cable/dsl router with switch such as thLinksys BEFSR41 (which is a four port one). You would then not need the additional lan card and the new cat5 cable would then need to be a straight thru network cable, i.e. NOT A CROSSOVER type cable. For info on setting up a router such as this see the wizard on the Linksys website. You can follow it through without actually having the router. See click here