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Post  buzhunter on 4/27/2008, 20:40

Anyone ever set up a small home network? Wanting to be able to just use it to share an internet connection and share files with my son on his pc. I'm sure there is a "wizard" with XP to accomplish this but it's a good topic to discuss and share experience so I thought I'd throw it out there.

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Post  Admin on 4/27/2008, 22:46

I tried to set one up once using a null modem cable with no luck.
I don't know much about networks.
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Post  NesOne on 4/29/2008, 02:06

I know a little bit. First get yourself a router (if you don't already have one). After they are both online, go to the "My Computer" icon on your desktop, and click on the tab where it says "Network Identification". I use windows 2000, so it might be a little different. Click on the 'properties' button, and select workgroup, and give it a name. Do that to both computers, in the same workgroup of course. Then on the "Network Neighborhood/My Network" icon, go in there and right click on your "Local Area Connection" and select 'properties' a list will come up, and scroll all the way down to where it shows "Internet Protocol TCP/IP" highlight and select 'properties'. Within there, select the "Use the following IP address" and make one up, i.e. 115.255.255.1 and for the other pc, do the same, but put '2' at the end. The subnet I think should be 255.255.255.5 or something like that, and it should be the same on both/all computers. I'm not that computer savvy, but my brother is, and he has his own website with a forum too for all of these types of questions. He's attending college to get a Bachelor's in computer science, and in the forum on his site, he has a section for this type of stuff, so if you want check it out: http://tempted1.freehostia.com/cgi/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=7&sid=07649038e85a44b0adaa1b61ffe0f3d7
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Post  Admin on 4/29/2008, 07:33

There you go Buz..
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Post  buzhunter on 4/29/2008, 19:17

EC, this forum was a VERY good idea. Thanks, Nes! (I'm going to have to read that post a little slower when I get ready to do this, lol.)

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Post  NesOne on 4/30/2008, 01:02

You're welcome, and I happened to find this site on google for XP networks: http://www.geekgirls.com/windowsxp_home_network.htm

I would try those instructions first, they look easier to read, lol.
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Post  Admin on 4/30/2008, 09:40

Now we just need to recruit some more people to cover all areas and it would be complete..
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Post  Biglumber on 5/8/2008, 20:57

Buz
What type of internet connection? That's where I would start.
Nes is on track.
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Post  buzhunter on 5/9/2008, 04:11

Just regular old dial-up. I hope that's what you were asking.

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Post  Biglumber on 5/9/2008, 21:09

So one computer can use the internet and the other computer cannot?
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Post  Admin on 5/14/2008, 05:00

Yeah, I don't think you can do it with dial up can you?
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Post  buzhunter on 5/15/2008, 18:57

Yeah, I only have one computer hooked up to the internet as of now. I mainly just want to be able to access files and such between the two. I'm pretty sure that I can get service for additional PCs through my ISP for no additional charge.

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Post  Biglumber on 5/15/2008, 22:25

If you get into system settings you can type in a workgroup name for both computers. I suggest a name other than workgroup. Look up "workgroup" in microsoft help and it should tell you how. I know my dells have a section called "Help and support" on the start menu. That is where I look things up such as this.
You will need a hub and have both computers connected to the hub with cat 5 cables.
You will also need to specify tcp/ip settings such as ip address and subnet mask. You can use a setting of say 192.168.0 49 for one computer and 192.168.0.50 for the other computer. Subnet mask would be 255.255.255.0 for both computers.
That would be a simple network.
Even more simple is go to an office place like office max and buy a memory stick. Easiest file transfer ever. That option may be a better bet until you can get dsl or cable for your internet.
There is a way to share an internet connection. It's called ICS and it is a microsoft component.
Once again the memory stick may be an easier solution for you.

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Post  Admin on 5/16/2008, 06:21

How much does one of those flash dives hold?
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Post  NesOne on 5/16/2008, 06:45

Admin wrote:How much does one of those flash dives hold?

Depends on what size you want. The one that I have from work, holds 4 GB, and I believe it cost about $40.
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