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HELP, can I network 2 CPU's and HOW?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Currentriver, Sep 9, 2003.

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  1. Currentriver

    Currentriver Thread Starter

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    I'm a novice at this, but I just came into acquiring another tower and I would like to be able to access both of my current tower from my 1 keyboard, my 1 mouse and my 1 monitor.

    Can I also attach a phone line to both and decide which I want to use. Same goes for my one printer.

    Please tell me a step by step way to hook this up. What additional wires or connects do I need. Both are PII's, one 450MHZ and the other 266MHZ tower desktops. Many thanks!

    Steve
     
  2. GwizJoe

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    To control 2 towers from one keyboard,mouse and monitor,you need a "KVM" device.TigerDirect has one on sale right now for about $30 /plus shipping.
    http://tigerdirect.com

    But that is not a network...
    If you want to have the 2 computers connected to each other for file sharing(a network),there are simple ways to do this,one way is to use Windows Direct-Cable Connection.This is a part of the operating system that you can add and configure if you have the Windows Disk available.This type of connection requires a cable running from one computer to the other.You can use either a serial-2-serial cable,or a parallel-2-parallel cable.Most retailers that have networking equipment have these available (like BestBuy).Personally,I prefer the parallel type.
    Many other methods of creating a simple network for file sharing are available.I use PCanywhere software and a parallel-2-parallel cable setup,and it works perfectly for file sharing between 2 computer towers.
     
  3. hammerbill

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    We will have to know your operating system and whether or not you have network cards attached. Yes, you can do these things. The way you describe what you want, it may be a bit more complicated than a simple home network.
     
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