Small Network

  User-510160 23:36 11 Jul 06

I have just bought a new computer, and i want to network it to my other computer in the same room and to be able to share the printer and files ect. I have NTL broadband that use's an external modem, that i still want to use, but how do i go about creating a network to be able to do this.


  ade.h 23:48 11 Jul 06

You can create an ad-hoc peer-to-peer Ethernet link in which the PC with the internet connection functions as a host and the other functions as a client, using ICS (Internet Connection Sharing), which has its problems. You can also create wireless ad-hoc network links, but these are less reliable again.

Or you can do it properly and use a cable/DSL router (no built-in modem) to create a routed network in which both PCs are clients, the router is the host, and ICS is not involved. Set up a routed network properly and it becomes the most effective and flexible solution.

  ArrGee 00:19 12 Jul 06

To be completely blunt, what level of budget do you have? When you mention 'computers', is it best to assume they are both desktops, or do you have a laptop? What is the purpose of having a network? Would it be easier to have just one computer and all your docs/apps loaded onto it? Rather than networking, if you have two desktops (one old and one new), would the solution merit buying a hard-drive caddy for external use and chucking the old pc out? Does the NTL supplied modem have an additional ethernet port? Are there times when both computers are used by two people at the same time?

Let me know if any of my (monotonous) questions need further explanation.

  terryf 04:59 12 Jul 06

Buy a dg834 router and connect both PCs to it, connect router to b'band, use the Network set-up wizard

  User-510160 22:52 12 Jul 06

I dont want to be spending more than £60-£70. They are both desktops, one is 4yr old, the other is brand new and i want them to be able to share the same broadband connection " the other half!! needs to use her desktop for work" so i thought sharing one broadband connection for both by networking them somehow!!. The modem doe's have a additional ethernet port, and there would probalbly be times when both computers are used at the same time. But if this might cause a problem!! we would only use one at once.

  ade.h 23:12 12 Jul 06

You're over estimating if anything: a 3Com, for example, would set you back about £45. There are other brands at that price, but i cannot really recommend anything that is not a) from one of the major network specialists and b) widely used by forum members. Without the latter, you'll lack support if you need it.

Three points:

1) ADSL or cable? If you use cable, you keep the modem and buy a Cable/DSL router. If it's ADSL, you must ditch the modem.

2) You'll need to get the old PC network-ready, which it will probably not be. That means a PCI card if you want to do it properly. Only use a wireless link if you need it; otherwise, stick with Ethernet.

3) Use a USB wireless receiver ONLY if you can guarantee good positioning and reception between the router and client.

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