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This is a discussion on Network Problems within the Tech Board forums, part of the Community Boards category; I purchased a Dlink switch, (DI-704P), and attatched the two computers to it, and the internet connection(Cable). Changed some settings ...

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    Network Problems

    I purchased a Dlink switch, (DI-704P), and attatched the two computers to it, and the internet connection(Cable). Changed some settings under my ethernet card, to automatically detect IP, and disable DNS, I also, set it to dynamic IP address under the switch settings.

    Both computers can ping the switch, but I cant get them on the net, any suggestions?

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    Geez, it could really be anything. Do you have DHCP enabled? Should be under your TCP/IP properties. What OS are both of you using? Do you have the cable comming in directly to the switch? I think you need a router between the two. Get a 1-port router and then it will go like this.

    Cable Modem->Router->Switch->Computers

    Now someone will quickly correct me if I am wrong but I do not think you can directly connect cable or DSL to a switch like that. You have to have port forwarding between networks.
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    Originally posted by MrWizard
    Geez, it could really be anything. Do you have DHCP enabled? Should be under your TCP/IP properties. What OS are both of you using? Do you have the cable comming in directly to the switch? I think you need a router between the two. Get a 1-port router and then it will go like this.

    Cable Modem->Router->Switch->Computers

    Now someone will quickly correct me if I am wrong but I do not think you can directly connect cable or DSL to a switch like that. You have to have port forwarding between networks.
    I do have DHCP enabled
    Os are ME and XP
    Well from what I read on the package, it says I can share broadband internet access.

    I had a router and couldnt get it to work, I dont know what the problem is.
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    Originally posted by MethodMan
    I do have DHCP enabled
    Os are ME and XP
    Well from what I read on the package, it says I can share broadband internet access.

    I had a router and couldnt get it to work, I dont know what the problem is.
    Well you can do it if the cable is directly connected to your machine also I think. Look up Internet Connection Sharing OR WinGate. You will need a program to share your connection.

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    Me and my brother have a shared broadband connection and we were told we couldn't hook up the connection to a hub type device. Get it working on one computer ( by connecting the broadband directly to one computer ) and then Internet connection sharing wizard. It does almost all the work for you.
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    What type of internet sharing program, one provided by the ISP?
    If the computers arent networked, how does the second computer get access to the internet?
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    Windows ME I know definatly provides one ( that is the OS we're using ). Start -> Programs -> Accessories -> Communications -> Internet Connection wizard.
    If it isn't there on your computer you may have to install it of your OS cd.
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    Okay, If I get one computer up and running with the internet how do I get the second one with it, Im using broadband, there has to be cables to both computers.
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    You just use the ICW on the other computer and tell it to connect to the other computer that has the connection to the internet. It has all the options and everything clearly explained. Just run it on both and you should be away.
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    What type of information should I know about the one directly connected with the net, the ip. This idea seems far fetched. There is no way for the second computer to get access to the internet with no network cable. Its not as if its wireless or something.
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    Sorry I was getting carried away, the two computers will need to be connected to each other to use the method I've mentioned.
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    Okay now that makes some sense.
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    You could always buy two network cards and just connect the two computers. You can get perfectly good ( don't get me wrong, not brilliant ) network cards for about 15 and then about another 6/7 for a BNC network cable. You can also buy special CAT-5 crossover cables that will let you connect in the same way as a BNC cable
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