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Suspended User Jan 18, 2005, 06:58pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hey there. Me and a friend are going flatting this year, and wnat to connect our 2 compouters up, both have onboard lan. SO can we just get a cable, and connect it into our 2 lan sockets at the back of our computers and go from there? Or do we need something extra? I don't know a thing about networks...


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S S Jan 18, 2005, 10:13pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Onboard Lan
Ok first we need to figure out what you are planning to use the network for, if its just to swap files then yes, you can just hook the two computers up with a network cable(RJ45 crossover cable) disable DHCP give different IP addresses to the two computers (same domain and subnet mask though) enable file and print sharing and you're set to go(this setup is made even easier if you have WinXP).
If however, you are planning to get internet and share the internet connection and maybe add some other computers in to the network later on, then I suggest going for the Router setup. With this you'll need a router and the computers connect to the router using the RJ45 Straight through cables and you can setup file and print sharing and internet connection sharing and all that much easier. You can also leave DHCP enabled and the router configures the IP addresses automatically.
So really depends on your need!





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Suspended User Jan 18, 2005, 10:47pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Onboard Lan
lan gaming, file sharing basically

AdamRM038 Jan 18, 2005, 10:57pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Yeah than just use a RJ45 Cross over cable or i suggest using a switch so you never have to worry about adding computer, and you dont have to mess with settings. Do you know if your NIC (Network Interface Card) are gigabit(10/100/1000)?

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Suspended User Jan 19, 2005, 06:27am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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theyre 1000

S S Jan 19, 2005, 06:05pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Yeah just do as Adam says, just use RJ45 crossover cable and connect the two together. You don't really need a switch unless you are going to connect more than two, and if you are going to connect more than two, then probably in my opinion you should get a router.
As for the setup after connecting the two together, you'll have to disable dhcp on both the computers and setup specific IP addresses. You can use 192.168.1.101 and the other 192.168.1.102 and the subnet mask for both set as 255.255.255.0.
Also enable file and printer sharing and if you have any problems setting up then just get back with us here and someone here should be able to help you out!





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