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    Default XP Home network

    Is there a limit to the number of PCs that can be networked using Win XP Home?

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    Nope, not that I know of.

    The only thing different really between XP Home / Pro is the Security (Simple File-sharing).
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    Myth: Windows XP Home Edition only allows 5 computers on a peer-to-peer network, and Windows XP Professional only allows 10 computers.

    Fact: There's no limit to the number of computers that can network with Windows XP Home Edition and Professional.

    Explanation: Windows XP Home Edition allows a maximum of 5 other computers to connect to its shared resources simultaneously. Windows XP Professional allows a maximum of 10 other computers to connect to its shared resources simultaneously. Computers that aren't actively connected to a computer's shared resources don't count against the limit. When a computer disconnects from a shared resource, it no longer counts against the limit. For details, see the article Inbound Connections Limit in Windows XP in the Microsoft Knowledge Base.

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    Thanks for that link, Snoopy. I have been a fan of Steve Winograd for years but hadn't seen that site. Got it bookmarked now

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    Quote Originally Posted by snoopy View Post

    Explanation: Windows XP Home Edition allows a maximum of 5 other computers to connect to its shared resources simultaneously. Windows XP Professional allows a maximum of 10 other computers to connect to its shared resources simultaneously.
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    Default Re: XP Home network

    I have 6 XP Home computers with nics, one printer with a network card and a 24 port hub.
    How do I set up the network to link them all together? Do I need to assign IP addresses?
    Should I make one of the PCs act as a server?

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    Depends if youre on broadband or dialup if u want them on the net.

    If BB then leave them on auto, if dialup, give each one an ip manually.

    And if u wanna share a folder on each make sure the workgroup names are the same.

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    There's no internet connection, just a LAN. So do I just give them IPs like 192.168.x.x
    subnet mask 255.255.255.0
    DNS??

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    Quote Originally Posted by bpt2 View Post
    There's no internet connection, just a LAN. So do I just give them IPs like 192.168.x.x subnet mask 255.255.255.0
    DNS??
    Thats it just put the ips in manually and give them 192.168.0.x etc. And subnet 255.255.255.0.

    Dont worry about DNS, thats only for the net. Leave it blank.

    I think you'll only need ips if you're going to play games on each.

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    No, you'll need to give them IPs.
    XP doesnt support IPX/SPX out of the box.. just assigning each an IP address (Each one incrementing by one) with No gateway, No DNS, just a subnet mask and an IP address should get you sorted
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