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Ok... I can build computers, but I have NO networking experience. I have a DSL modem/router and I'd like to connect 2 computers through it. I've been trying to search the internet to find the best solution but am just getting more confused. I need step by step instructions (for dummies )

One computer is running Vista Home Premium, and the other XP Pro.

Each computer has 2 ethernet ports on the motherboard, if that helps.

Right now, I have both machines plugged into the modem/router individually through one of their ethernet ports. They can both access the internet and life is good. Both machines are running anti-virus/firewalls. The modem/router they are connected to has a built in firewall, too.

I've read that it's safer to use 1 machine as a "host" and have the other machine connect to the internet through the other machine??? I don't like that idea, because sometimes I turn off the machines at night.

How do I go about getting these things connected (i.e., to play multiplayer games, and file share)?

Should I leave them both connected to the modem/router and buy a crossover cable and connect them both directly through their second ethernet ports? How do I set that up?


I really appreciate all the help you can give. Thanks!!
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You will want to get a Router. A Linksys WRT54g is a fine choice. Then connect them hard wire. That is probably the easiest. You then connect the modem to the router to give internet access to all computers on the network.

both Vista and XP will set up the network on their own once they are connected to the router.
If you want to have file sharing across computers click on a folder and then select "sharing" and choose to make it a network folder.
Edited by mortimersnerd - 6/1/08 at 9:27am
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Originally Posted by 70_Malibu View Post
Ok... I can build computers, but I have NO networking experience. I have a DSL modem/router and I'd like to connect 2 computers through it. I've been trying to search the internet to find the best solution but am just getting more confused. I need step by step instructions (for dummies )

One computer is running Vista Home Premium, and the other XP Pro.

Each computer has 2 ethernet ports on the motherboard, if that helps.

Right now, I have both machines plugged into the modem/router individually through one of their ethernet ports. They can both access the internet and life is good. Both machines are running anti-virus/firewalls. The modem/router they are connected to has a built in firewall, too.

I've read that it's safer to use 1 machine as a "host" and have the other machine connect to the internet through the other machine??? I don't like that idea, because sometimes I turn off the machines at night.

How do I go about getting these things connected (i.e., to play multiplayer games, and file share)?

Should I leave them both connected to the modem/router and buy a crossover cable and connect them both directly through their second ethernet ports? How do I set that up?


I really appreciate all the help you can give. Thanks!!
Leaving them both connected to the router\\modem hybrid is best for you. You won't have to buy any extra equipment etc. Since the modem is acting as a router your 2 PC's are already on the same network, and you simply need to setup file sharing on each PC to allow file sharing across them. To play a LAN multiplayer game, you'd simply use the IP address of each PC to connect to the other. if you bring up CMD and type /show ipconfig it'll give you your ip address.
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You will want to get a Router. A Linksys WRT54g is a fine choice. Then connect them hard wire. That is probably the easiest. You then connect the modem to the router to give internet access to all computers on the network.

both Vista and XP will set up the network on their own once they are connected to the router.
If you want to have file sharing across computers click on a folder and then select "sharing" and choose to make it a network folder.
Windows (xp atleast) will not automatically "setup their own network". They will automatically get an IP address from a router (if you haven't told it not to), but it won't setup a workgroup for you or anything like that by itself. You have to run the setup wizard.
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Make sure the Workgroup names of both computers match.
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