Cable Connection problems

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    Cable Connection problems

    Ok, i can say right now your going to tell me to get a router. Dont bother, its on backorder and i need to do this NOW, i have an idea but i dont know if it will work.

    Ok i have two comps, one on cable and one not. I have a hub and all the needed CAT5.

    The cable line goes into a cable modem, then into the first computers NIC. I know XP has a bridge connection option, so heres my theory. I think i can place a second NIC into the dell, and bridge the connection(if i have too.) The idea is that the cable comes in, then a cat5 runs from the second nic to a hub. The hub runs to the second pc, and i use net connection sharing to get the connection on the second pc. Can this work?

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    I did Internet Connection Sharing a while ago but not with XP. They are probably also some other software you can download to help you.

    I think your method would work however the method I used is as follows. Have the cable coming into Machine 1, then another NIC in Machine 1 that goes to Machine 2. Again I think your way should work but its been a while since I've done any networking.

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    I could do it that way but that raises a problem. Everytime i wish to add a machine i have to add a second card to the last machine on the line. With dual nics in the main and a hub i wont need two nics in each machine not terminating the line.

    On a second look i dont think i will even have to bridge the connections, i did some digging and i think i got it.

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    With dual nics in the main and a hub ...

    I think u can setup internet connection sharing on the MAIN and then all other comps are hooked into your hub...

    Now I think u can setup each machine to have it's own IP and IMPORTANTLY setup the GATEWAY to be the IP of the MAIN machine for each machine.
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    That should work quite easily, but I do believe you have to use a crossover cable to share it between the two units.

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    hmm i forgot bout the gateway, but yea i think with the hub it will be really easy.

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    Went over without a hitch. Installed a second nic, ran network setup on both comps, works. Didnt even have to fiddle with gateways.

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