how to establish a network

Emachines Et1810-01 mini-tower desktop
February 19, 2010 at 16:55:09
Specs: Windows XP
I have two computers one computer is already connected to Internet, I would like to stablish a network.
What do I need?

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#1
February 19, 2010 at 18:06:20
That depends how the existing computer is connected to the network.

If you require all computers to have Internet access the very least you need is a router. They usually come with a built in four port switch which will allow to network up to four computers. If you need any more you add a switch.

Stuart


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#2
February 21, 2010 at 05:22:45
If you have wireless router, take a look on this wireless network setup tutorial.

If you have wired Ethernet router, take a look on this wired Ethernet network setup tutorial.

If you have no router, you can enable Internet connection Sharing on main computer with internet connection to share Internet.

Hope this helps.


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#3
February 21, 2010 at 06:03:25
I would spend the $40 - $50 on a SOHO Router with 4 LAN ports if you don't already have one. It's a lot better setup than using ICS to allow a second PC to connect to the internet.

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