Ethernet question...

December 20, 2010 at 20:00:44
Specs: Windows 7
I've got internet via the local cable company (InSight) and wish to share my high-speed internet with my Dad's computer. I play games like WoW on my computer; He wants his only for playing small games (like poker) and checking his email.

What's the best way to share my internet connection with him? I've tried routers and for some reason they just don't want to keep the connection. Ethernet hub? Ethernet switch? I'm not opposed to running an ethernet cable from my room to the other room.

The cable company, of course, would be happy to come out and hook his computer up to the internet, for an additional $50/month (not happening).

Any ideas? Help! Thanks :)

Michelle


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#1
December 20, 2010 at 20:43:18
So I would suggest to use a wireless router, if your Dad's computer can connect wirelessly.
Then connect the modem's lan port to the routers wan port.
Connect your computer to one of the routers lan ports and configure the router, to authenticate to your ISP.
Also configure the wireless part in the router.
After that, you have to configure the computer of your Dad, to connect wirelessly to your router (SSID, encryption type and key).

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Let us know, if the problem is solved !!!


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#2
December 20, 2010 at 23:05:14
Thanks for the quick reply, but we've gone the router route and it was a failure. It was a fight to get the older (Dad's) computer to connect, and then it would only stay on for so long before it lost the connection.

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#3
December 21, 2010 at 14:38:24
Then I would suggest forget the wireless interface and use a wired connection to the router from your dad's PC.

Just out of curiosity, just how old is dad's computer and what operating system does it have installed on it?

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How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

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#4
December 21, 2010 at 23:59:18
Well, I call it "FrankenPuter", as it's made up of many different parts. I'd say the oldest part is about 4 years old. It runs XP.

I'd like to just run a wired connection from my computer to his...would I need an ethernet hub? Or an ethernet switch?

I apologize for sounding so uneducated...I'm pretty illiterate when it comes to the computer :(


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#5
December 22, 2010 at 08:05:04
Well, I call it "FrankenPuter", as it's made up of many different parts. I'd say the oldest part is about 4 years old. It runs XP.

Like most computer geeks, I build pretty much all my own systems from parts I order so you could call mine all "FrankenPuter" too. The "technical" name us geek types use is "clone". Which is to say, it's not a brand name like HP, Compaq or *gag*choke*puke* Dell but a "custom build"

The thing I most wanted to know was what OS (operating system) you were using and XP is easy to work with.

I'd like to just run a wired connection from my computer to his...would I need an ethernet hub? Or an ethernet switch?

You can directly connect one computer to another using a crossover cable. This is a special network connection made for this type of PC to PC connection. A regular network cable will not work.

If you have a crossover cable, nothing else, like a switch, is needed to connect them. This would work for transferring data between the two computers but would not "share" the internet. In order to share the internet that way, you'd need two NIC's (network interface) in the computer doing the sharing and then you'd have to enable ICS on it.

It's much simpler to use a SOHO (small office/home office) router with 4 LAN ports. What you need to do is get a working NIC in your dads FrankenPuter....which you would have to do to join them directly with the crossover cable. Once you have a NIC installed in it, and it's working, set the NIC to get it's TCP/IP settings automatically (DHCP) and plug it in to a LAN port on the router and it should get it's TCP/IP settings from the router's DHCP service and begin communicating both on the network (with your computer) and on the internet.

So, you need to get a working NIC on your dad's PC. If you have a friend who's knowledgable with computers, have them come over and help you.

I apologize for sounding so uneducated...I'm pretty illiterate when it comes to the computer :(

That's what we're here for and what this forum is all about, helping people who don't know their way around computers as well as we do.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#6
December 22, 2010 at 12:10:04
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

I really appreciate your assistance. I'll get to work!


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#7
December 22, 2010 at 14:47:05
Always a pleasure.

Good luck to you and do come back and let us know if you get everything going ok.

Merry Christmas!

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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