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lambodiablo

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hey guys

this weekend i am going to set up my first wired network.

i just wanted to ask a few questions

on the assumption that its just a cable running between 2 pcs:
1. will i have to use the pc where the modem is to use as the main pc on the network?
2. will any user on this network be able to get documents/ passwords etc off the other pc?

thanks guys

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lambo....let's get some groundwork laid here

what are you wanting to accomplish with this network?
are you wanting to do file sharing?
Internet connection sharing?
how do you connect to the internet?
specs for both machines?
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basically, i want this network primarily for internet sharing(2meg broadband)

yes we will be requiring file sharing


i dont know exact specs...both XP and mid range around 256megRAM and 1.8ghz processors.
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how does the "main" computer connect to your broadband modem (cable or dsl)
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ethernet

can be changed to a usb cable
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hey guys

this weekend i am going to set up my first wired network.

i just wanted to ask a few questions

on the assumption that its just a cable running between 2 pcs:
1. will i have to use the pc where the modem is to use as the main pc on the network?
2. will any user on this network be able to get documents/ passwords etc off the other pc?


A standard crossover network cable is all you need to join them together.

You should set the computer with the modem as your main server and have the other one grab an IP address from it. When its connected to the PC with the modem, tell that system to share its internet connection and there you go.

You can share the entire drive with the other system but due to system security policies, you won't have access to the Windows folder, Program Files, subfolders under Documents and Settings and and any sub folders in these if the computer you're connecting to is running Windows 2000/XP. No such limitation exists for 95, 98, 98SE or ME.

Here's a nice tutorial on sharing your internet connection:
http://www.practical...ed.com/sharing/

Of course, it works out far more convienant and is much less troublesome if you buy and use a router, then ll you need worry about is deciding which folders to share. The router takes care of everything else.

Edited by Neil Jones, 29 November 2005 - 05:47 PM.

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