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Help connecting two computers to one broadband connection

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Hello, Iím sorry to take up anyoneís timeÖbut Iím having a very difficult time configuring two computers to connect to one wired broadband/ADSL connection (both computers have Windows XP SP2).

Iíve read several instructions online, but they havenít quite worked.

So could someone please give me step-by-step instructions on what to do?

One computer has two Ethernet cards, and is already connected to the other one via an Ethernet cable.

Edited by Ty2015, 25 July 2006 - 03:25 PM.

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You can connect the two cards together, but it's not the best way to do it. I would recomend getting a router. You connect it like this:

Internet > Cable/DSL/whatever modem > router > computers

Simple and fast to set up. Also, you won't have to keep them connected computer on for the second computer to have an internet connection. You can get one for $20-30.

If you want to connect the two computers together, you need a corssover cable. Very similar, but different than a plain old ethernet cable. Ask for one at a computer store and they should help you find one. Make sure you specify that you need a crossover cable, though. Some of those Best Buy 'techs' aren't all that sharp.

Windows already has the software to hook up like this, and all you do it set up the computer with the two network cards to share it's internet connection. After you connect the computers using the crossover cable, click on Start -> Control Panel -> Network And Internet Connections -> Setup Or Change Your Home Or Small Office Network. Follow the wizard all the way though and you should be good to go.
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