Ethernet Switch for LAN GAMING?

April 10, 2009 at 05:29:28
Specs: Windows Vista/Wondows XP
I am having a 10/100 Ethernet Switch with 8
TX sockets and 1 uplink socket. We want to
connect 6-7 computers for LAN Gaming. But it
is allowing only 2 machines to be connected.
What could be the problem?

Note: we would be connecting both VISTA and
XP in the LAN

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April 10, 2009 at 06:20:34
What are the symptoms, you connect the PCs to the switch via eternet and what does windows say?

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April 10, 2009 at 06:30:05
Only two machines are detected, the other machines don't
show connected in the notification area

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April 10, 2009 at 06:42:37
what is the switch connected to? Router?
How are you assigning ip addresses?
What are the ip addresses of the two live machines?
And those that don't "connect"?
Do the lites on the pcs and switch lite up for all?

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April 10, 2009 at 06:47:15
Well for starters do you have the NIC drivers installed on these PCs, check device manager.

Are you using straight through cables, although there is a good chance that crossover cables would work as well?

Is there a pattern regarding the PCs OS that wont connect, i.e all the vista PCs wont ...or the XP PCs wont.connect?

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April 10, 2009 at 06:48:17
No router connected. The IP addresses are as followed: and so on...

only 2 of the lites on the switch are blinking, rest are on but

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April 10, 2009 at 07:16:43
I think the cables that we are using are straight
cables, the color sequence of wires on both sides of a cable are same.

do we need
to use crossover cables??

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April 10, 2009 at 07:41:04
It sounds like you may have dead ports on the switch, bad cables, or bad NIC's. There's an easy way to test.

Unplug all the machines that aren't connecting from the switch leaving only the two that are. Now move them to different ports. Do the ports light up and can you ping back and forth between the two PC's?

If yes, the issue is either the cables on the other PC's, or their NIC's.

If not, then you have bad ports and it's time to get a new switch.

Do try all ports though to ensure you know whether or not you have any bad ports.

Now, assuming all ports lit up you'll want to know if it's the cables or the PC's NIC's. The simple way to test is leave the known good cables plugged into the switch and unplug the other end from the PC. Then, plug that end into the other PC's, one at a time. If they work, then it's the cables. If the PC's don't work, then it has to be the NIC's on the PC.

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