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_lilmic_
03-05-2006, 05:36 PM
anyone know how to setup a network using a switch? is there a website that shows the instructions? i tried microsoft but that guide was kinda confusing....any alternatives?

i need to network 2 comps so i can share the internet(broadband) and also share files one computer is using windows xp professional and the other is using windows 2000

johnd
03-05-2006, 05:52 PM
You need to tell us abit more about how you intend to do this - are you going to use the MS Internet Sharing or do you intend to use an ethernet broadband modem/switch?

I think the latter is preferable - you don't need to have a gateway PC turned on to use the internet from the second PC.

_lilmic_
03-05-2006, 07:28 PM
errr.....well my guess is the second one..the ethernet one (to be honest im kinda lost when it comes to networking)

johnd
03-05-2006, 08:13 PM
If you want to use ICS see web sites like http://www.geekgirls.com/windowsxp_home_network.htm.

But as I said, using an independant broadband modem/switch is better - I use a Netgear one (http://www.netgear.com/products/details/DG834.php). So you need this or similar (wireless if necessary), two cables and two network interface cards (if you don't have them in your PC already). The modem acts as a DHCP server handing out TCP/IP numbers so set your TCP/IP to automatic.

Have a look at the installation guide on http://kbserver.netgear.com/products/dg834v2.asp under downloads. From memory it is a good guide.

_lilmic_
03-05-2006, 10:57 PM
thanks a lot.......that modem looks like its right for me.....