Do i need a router?

  haj84 14:59 13 Jan 2006

I want to connect my laptop with my dads PC. I mainly want to use the connection to transfer files but would like to share the broadband internet access as well if possible. I have a network cable, do i need a router? Both use windows XP. is it pretty easy to do?

  PaulB2005 15:08 13 Jan 2006

If the network cable is a cross over cable and you have a network port on both PCs then you can use Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) to achieve this. click here

  ade.h 17:44 13 Jan 2006

A word of warning about ICS, based on my own experience.

I had a hell of a time trying to get the ICS internet gateway system to work, and then work consistently.

I was massively relieved when I was able to buy a modem/router and found that it worked easily and reliably after about five minutes' set up work.

I'm not saying that ICS is intrinsically a nightmare, but it appears to have a tendency to be that way! Certainly, there are regular issues with it here in this section.

  Arthur Scrimshaw 18:34 13 Jan 2006

just bought a wireless router after using ICS with no problems for over a year (on three pc's). I only switched over to improve the wireless range and to be able to connect my kid's psp's to the web!
Can't say I have any experience of using a wired ICS setup though.

  ade.h 19:30 13 Jan 2006

I had to use the RJ45 method. It was very problematic, and the firewalls, which are sometimes at fault, were not to blame in my case. It was just very unreliable.

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