windows 7 and windows xp can't connecte on ne

March 29, 2011 at 07:06:53
Specs: Windows XP
I have a windows xp system on a netgear fast ethernet switch and recently added a Windows 7 system. Now I can only log into the network on one system or the other, which requires unplugging the modem and switch and turning on the chosen system. Is there any way to disable the features on Windows 7 to stop it from monopolizing the internet connectivity. I've already tried the homegroup situation to no avail. Thanks in advance.

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March 29, 2011 at 07:39:12
I have a windows xp system on a netgear fast ethernet switch

Do you mean a switch, or a router? A router is a diffferent cup of tea from a switch. Typical setup is as follows:

internet >> router >> client(s)

If you don't have a router, and only have a switch, then yes, you'll only ever be able to get one computer online at a time and it has nothing to do with Windows 7. Having more than one computer connect to the internet through a single IP address requires something called NAT (network address translation) which is part of a router but is not a part of a switch.

If you don't have a router, I recommend you buy one that has 4 LAN ports. Then you can have both computers connecting at the same time.

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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