Network Dilemma

  griffo 15:54 26 Jul 2003

Have 2 PC's 1x W98, connected to BT Highway vis USB cable, 1x W98SE (upstairs, approx 45 ft)and I wish to share the ISDN internet connection. Went to PC World intending to buy Belkin starter kit (2x PCI cards + crossover cable), only to be told it would reduce internet speed by up to 50% when sharing - don't want that. From here on the staff were unable to really help, they said I need a router, but can't use one as I'm connected via USB to BT??

Have tried reading other threads but am totally confused. Please can someone clearly tell me what is the best hardware/software configuration to use (wireless too costly).
PS. I have W98SE CD if it would help to upgrade PC 1 (would I simply install over W98?)

  griffo 17:13 26 Jul 2003

thanks Chris - it sounds as though a Router might be a better arrangement to give the connection autonmy, however, the bloke in PCW said I couldn't use one because I connect to BT via a USB cable - is this right?

By the way, I'm having shutdown problems on PC1 (W98), will overwriting with SE rectify this?

Geoff (Griffo)

  griffo 19:08 26 Jul 2003

I'm not using an ISDN modem, as BT Highway allows direct connection from the USB port of the PC, by cable, into the Highway box, without the need for a modem.

  howard60 20:00 26 Jul 2003

I have 2 pcs networked and the loss of speed when they are both downloading is marginal. When just surfing you would not know the other pc was on. Just use 2 nics and a crossover cable with the main pc connected as normal. Yes the host will have to be on but that is a very small consideration. Make sure both pcs have an uptodate virus protector [I use AVG] and fit a firewall on the host [I use zone alarm]

  griffo 20:59 26 Jul 2003

cheers Howard - this is reassuring regarding speeds. Already use Norton Systemworks 2003 which includes antivirus - haven't yet installed Personal Firewall, which was included with SW 2003 - is it any good do you know? ta.

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