Ok need a bit of help here.
I have two pc's networked via a 4-way ethernet hub.
My pc is connected to the internet via a nic card to my cable modem and to the other pc via another nic.
When both pc's are running the other pc still can't access the internet although file sharing works fine. Any ideas?
Sometimes I think it would be great if I could just turn the other pc on and be able to get internet without the primary pc being on. Is there a switch I could install to bypass the network and connect directly to the cable modem?
Hope ya can help, Eckie.
First off, if you want internet connection for both computers via a hub you will need two NIC cards for your (Main Computer). You will connect your modem to one of the NIC cards and the other NIC card is for connecting that computer to the other computer which needs a NIC card. When you are using a hub the HOST or MAIN computer must be on for other computers to be able to gain access to the internet and other computers on the network.
Now for the tricky part. One of the network cards needs to be configured for reular internet settings... The ethernet cable you connect to that card to that card to the modem should be the one that is configured. The other card that will connect to the other computer will need to be maually configured. Now, I don't know what winodws version you are running so let me know before I tell you the wrong thing (since windows versions differ when it comes to networking). But basically you have to manually fill those boxes and when you let me know your windows version I'll let you know EXACTLY what you need to fill in.
For your second question about giving internet connection to all computers without having to worry about your HOST computer... You can buy a piece of hardware called a switch or even a router. A switch will "share" internet connection buy letting the information travel down a diferent "port". It pretty much just "switches" the information to the computer you have chosen. A router is also a solution. It will "route" the connection to a different computer. It's pretty much given what it means by its name. These can be prchased for under $100 USA money.
Yeah, but let me know your windows version so I can help you more specifically. Have fun!
That's already been a lot of help ShOrD, cheers!
The router was already on my mind but wasn't sure if it would do what I needed.
I have Millenium on the host pc and XP Pro on the second. Would this cause conflicts 'tween the NIC's?
Finally, if I install a router can I still run both pc,s at once sharing the connection?
Thanks for the info already, You have a GREAT NEW YEAR buddy!
Sorry for the delay, I just got done moving - :( You know how that can be :o.
First off, If I were you I would upgrade Me to either Win 2k pro or Win XP Pro. Me isn't the best o/s when it comes to networking... well let's just say it isn't a good o/s.
Yes, a router will share internet connection with EVERY cable plugged in.
I found you a good router - http://www.linksys.com/products/product.asp?prid=20&scid=29 - check it out and let me know what you think. You can get it for around $35-60 depending on where you look.
Hope this helps :)
Excelant, cheers for that. I take it that an "Ethernet RJ-45 Interface" is just tech talk for the plug that conect the modem to the NIC? If that is the case then you've solved my problems -thanks. Regards, Eckie
You know the ethernet cord that connects to your modem to your NIC card - That's a CAT 5 cable that has two RJ-45 ends - kinda bigger than a phone ending.
Thats what i thought, cheers. Shall let ya know if it works - once i get hold a one:)