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Topic # 29000 18-Dec-2008 21:03
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Not trying to make it complicated, so bear with me.,....

Just brought a standard crappy desktop pc for my son, and now i want the two pcs to connect together.(We're in the same room)

I currently have a standard adsl router connected through ethernet to my pc. And my motherboard comes with Wifi enabled antenna for (SOFT/ap, infrastructure, Ad-hoc modes)

However i'm moving to a ADSL2+ plan with my ISP. so i would need a new adsl2+ router.

My Queston is how can i make my 2 pcs share an internet connection + they are able to access each others files + Play LAN games with each other??


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  Reply # 185031 18-Dec-2008 22:21
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Buying an ADSL2/2+ enabled broadband router is all you really need. Plus the ethernet cables to join the two PC's to the router if you do not already have them.

From there, you want to make sure that each PC is on the same Workgroup, this can be adjusted in the control panel under system, and share any of the folders/directories you wish to access from each PC.

Thats really it, installing games on each machine, then telling them that you want to play via LAN should not require any extra setting up.

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  Reply # 185034 18-Dec-2008 22:43
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so just having a router for my son's pc will mean that my pcs can play LAN?

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  Reply # 185035 18-Dec-2008 22:46
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link2007: so just having a router for my son's pc will mean that my pcs can play LAN?

Not necessarily. You have to make sure that the router is either a) wireless or b) has multiple ports for you to plug the computers in to.

All you have to do when you go to ADSL2+ is make sure you get a multiple pc kit from your ISP if getting the router from them.

If you are in the Eastern Suburbs area in Auckland I can help you out :)


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  Reply # 185066 19-Dec-2008 08:05
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Networking your first computers is not easy but not impossible... alot of us tried and tried until we figured it out.

So its your typical cost vs time available vs curiousity/interest to get it done yourself vs getting in someone.

I suggest giving it a crack yourself but set some limit on the time spent, then call in some help. You'll likely find that it'll be 1 little thing that has caused many hours of hair pulling.
My first network took a day to get going.. I didn't have a cross over cable *blush* and here I was thinking I could use one cable instead of 2 and a switch like they did at the place I was working at the time.


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