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Networking Hey, can anyone walk me through the procceses of networking my house? I have 2 computers, but only one phone line, and it is always a compition for who gets to use the internet that day. I really need to network. Can you tell me the steps and what I'll need?

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  • Thunder Star Jan 16, 2008

    Please? Anybody?

  • Thunder Star Jan 28, 2008

    ok, the turning my computer to gateway would be perfect. The less expensive the better. Just let me know what I need to do.

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There are two simple ways to resolve this. one way is to turn one of your computers into an internet gateway and share your internet connection with your other computer. another way is to use a device called a router to share your internet connection to both your computers. which of these would you like to try? before answering this know that using a router is much expensive than the first solution. however, in the first solution offered turning one of your computers into a gateway means it has to stay on for the other computer to be connected to the internet. go over these options and tell me which would you prefer. then i can walk you through with what to do and buy.

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    jonathan doe Feb 08, 2008

    if you want to turn your computer into a gateway, you will need 2 things. First your gateway computer would have to have 2 LAN cards (a.k.a. Network Interface Card) Now, most computers already have built-in LAN. im sure your computer has either a built-in LAN already or at least a LAN card in it. All you need to do now is purchase another LAN card which will be put into you PCI slot. Once this is is done, you need have a network cable that will connect your 2 computers. you can buy it at almost any computer store, electronics shop and even some hardware stores. be sure to tell them that you are buying a network cable (a.k.a. ethernet cable) that you will use on 2 computers (peer to peer) so that they would sell you the right cable for your specific need. also specify the length that you will need this will depend on where your 2 computers would be placed inside your house.



    ok, now let's get you connected!



    based on your original post, i assume you already know how to setup your computer to connect thru the internet. now all you have to do is setup one of your computers (the one with the 2 LAN cards) to connect to the internet. after you have done this connect your 2 computers via the ethernet cable you purchased. this will be a bit tricky but if follow the instructions correctly it will be real easy.



    I assume you are using windows XP. now in windows XP there is a built-in function called the Network Setup Wizard. In the GATEWAY computer you just setup, try to find the Network Setup Wizard. this can be accessed by going to START>CONTROL PANEL>NETWORK SETUP WIZARD



    now once you located the network connection wizard simply follow the instructions there. basically you will then have 2 computers sharing the same internet connection.



    good luck!

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