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3 com hub tp4 home network setup failure

I am attempting to set up a home network of 2 computers so they share printers and internet conection. They both have xp sp2 operating system. When I run the windows network setup wizard I successfully set up the network with computer 1 linking to the internet, with IP address 192.168.0.1. When I run the windows network setup wizard on computer 2 I successfully set up the network with IP address 169.254.25.129, I believe means there is a problem with the network hub.

Please can you offer any suggestions?

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  • don-geo Jan 10, 2008

    Thanks for trying.

    The internet connection uses an ADSL modem plugged into a USB port on one of the computers.

  • don-geo Jan 13, 2008

    Thanks for trying.
    Unfortunately the ADSL modem doesn't have an ethernet port available.

  • don-geo Jan 16, 2008

    I've connected the computers using an "ethernet crossover cable", setup ICS on both.

    I can ping each computer's IP address, but when I attempt to ping the other computer's IP address the request times out.

    It still isn't right, please is there anything else I can try?

  • don-geo Jan 19, 2008

    Thanks for trying, I've taken your advice and I've scoured the internet, but I seem to have an apparently insoluble problem. So until some inspiration strikes me, I will have to admit defeat.

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Get rid of the hub. Get a switch or a router. Hubs don't work very well.

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There are several possible problems here, and more information is needed to identify which one is causing trouble. First, are you using a high speed dsl or cable internet connection? ...or is your Internet connection a dial-up phone line? This will have a significant effect on how your cables should be connected between the hub and the computers. Windows typically defaults to a 169... address when it is not properly connected to a shared network connection.

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  • networkmagic Jan 10, 2008

    If your ADSL modem has an ethernet port available, I recommend connecting the ADSL modem directly to the hub...and then connect both computers to the hub also...using "CAT 5" network cables for all three connections. Both computers should be able to access the Internet this way by using their "LAN" connections. In this configuration, one computer should get address 192.168.0.1 and the other should get 192.168.0.2....assuming your ISP permits connection of more than one computer to the modem.

  • networkmagic Jan 13, 2008

    In this case you should be using a Windows XP feature called Internet Connection Sharing (ICS). The USB port on the primary host becomes a shared Internet connection. ICS is a complex feature to set up, but this article on the Microsoft website has a great explanation of how to do it.

    If you have properly set up ICS on your computers, then your assumption that the hub has a problem may be correct, however, there could also be a cable issue. Verify that the hub has a link light for each connected computer. Also check the "Local Area Connection" status in each of your computers to verify that they show "connected". Let me know if you need detailed instructions on how to do this.

    The best way to make sure you don't have a cable or hub problem is to connect the ethernet ports of the two computers directly together with an "ethernet crossover cable". If both computers can access the Internet using a crossover cable between them, then the problem is in your hub or one of the other cables. If you won't be using any other network attached devices, then the hub will not be needed. Otherwise you can replace the hub with an inexpensive 10/100 ethernet switch.

    Once you have ICS working, the printers can easily be shared through Windows. Let me know if you need details.

    Good luck...and I hope this is helpful!




  • networkmagic Jan 16, 2008

    Due to the complexity of ICS, this may be difficult to troubleshoot here, but I'll be happy to assist with some step-by-step analysis. Another resource that might be helpful is this web page at Microsoft. It links to several articles containing information about ICS in Windows XP.



    1. Is the first computer getting to the Internet okay?

    2. Do the link lights on the PCs come on next to the network connections when you plug in the crossover cable?

    3. Check the IP addresses on both computer network ports...click on Start>Run>type in "cmd" and click OK>...you should see a black command prompt window. Type "ipconfig" to list the ip address.

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