1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

N00by Network Qs

Discussion in 'Networks & Internet Connectivity' started by FishPolice, 3 Mar 2006.

  1. FishPolice

    Hitman

    Joined: 22 Aug 2003

    Posts: 719

    Location: Bucks

    Right I've gone and ordered ADSL. I want to share an internet connection between 2 pcs in seperate bedrooms and then maybe at a later date add in a laptop wirelessly. So far I have bought a Netgear DG834G router & a pair of PCI ethernet cards.
    Am I right in thinking that I could set things up as follows:
    Router plugs into phone socket, router plugs into ethernet card in pc1, one end of a cat5 lead plugs into the router and the other end plugs into the ethernet card in pc2?

    -will this enable both pcs to access the net independently of each other?
    -will the pcs be able to slog it out against each other in lan games?
    -does it matter if one pc is using XP pro and the other win98?
    -what about sharing files and stuff? (got some fat32 partitions on the XP pc so the fat32/ntfs aspect shouldn't be a problem) Is it just a question of setting file sharing options for various folders/drives?

    Is this gonna work or what would anyone else recommend? :confused:
     
  2. Burbleflop

    PermaBanned

    Joined: 7 May 2003

    Posts: 4,247

    Location: Away from here

    Spot on.
    Yes.
    Yes.
    Nope, doesn't matter at all.
    Just share the folders you want and away you go. The 98 machine will be able to access the NTFS partitions because it'll be accessing them through the XP machine.
    It'll work fine.
     
  3. FishPolice

    Hitman

    Joined: 22 Aug 2003

    Posts: 719

    Location: Bucks

    Thanks for the reassurance & speedy response
    :D

    One more question though. I went for Zen ADSL (just before the uncapped services became unavailable). Thing is, they give you the option of a single fixed IP address or up to 8 I think. As time was a ticking & I needed to hit the order now button before the other half changed her mind I went for the single fixed IP option. It said it was the "recommended" option & seemed like a good idea at the time but now I'm not so sure.
    Anyway, the question is:
    If both pcs are linked & thus capable of going online independently, what would happen if both pcs tried to jon the same online game server? Would the single IP address prevent this?
     
  4. Burbleflop

    PermaBanned

    Joined: 7 May 2003

    Posts: 4,247

    Location: Away from here

    To be honest, if you're not sure if you need the block 8 of IP addresses over a single static then you'd be best to get just a single.

    I don't see why gaming should be a problem. I've got a couple of friends who share a Wanadon't connection and they never have a problem connecting to my Quake 4 server.
     
  5. FishPolice

    Hitman

    Joined: 22 Aug 2003

    Posts: 719

    Location: Bucks

    okidoki that sounds like the answer I was hoping to hear.
    Thanks again :D