Connect two Laptops via a switch to the inter

December 6, 2010 at 09:51:14
Specs: Windows 7
Hello, I bought a 5 port switch and plugged the Cat5 network supply cable into port one and plugged 2 cat5 cables each in port 3 and 5 and their other ends into two laptops hoping to get both laptops to access the internet at the same time. However, only one at a time can access the internet. I have only one user name and password that is used for both laptops to get connected. Is there a way to get both machines connected at the same time? Thanks.

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December 6, 2010 at 09:56:14
You need a router, not a switch.

With a router both computer will get a different IP address which is what routers do. With a switch, both computers will be trying to use the same IP address which cannot happen.


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