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What do I need to set up a home network for 2 PCs?

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Mazz, Sep 12, 2003.

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  1. Mazz

    Mazz Thread Starter

    Jun 9, 2003
    Hi all, :)

    I have 2 PCs at home and would like to know what hardware I would need to network them so they can share files and my cable internet connection.

    I'm a networking newbie and am thoroughly confused with the huge dizzling array of router products and different hardware requirements. I really hate to end up buying a bunch of hardware that are not compatible or not necessary at all. :confused: Hope I can get some pointers here.

    I compared some firewalled routers and I am planning to buy a Netgear MR814 802.11b Wireless 4-Port Cable/DSL Router from Amazon.com website as they seem to have the best deal (29.94 after rebate) + free shipping. Here are my questions -

    Questions with "CARDS" -
    -I'm wondering if I also need to buy a network card (are they the same thing as "PC cards"?) for each of my computer?
    -Could my newer computer already have one that came with my computer package? If I need 2 network cards, what is the best brand/model you'd recommend? I hope to get them in the same order as well.

    Questions with "WIRELESS ADAPTOR"
    -one of the product specifications listed for Netgear's router is "Ethernet adapter and cable OR 2.4 GHz Wireless adapter for each computer"
    -I think my computer has an ethernet card, do I still need to buy an "Ethernet adapter and cale, or a wireless adapter" for each PC?
    If yes, could you please recommend a good one for me?
    If I need 2 wireless (pricey?) adapters for the Netgear MR814 wireless router, would I be better off just buying a wired router?

    Is there anything else beside the router I need to buy to get the home networking going? Please give me some pointers so hopefully I can put get everything I need into the same order before the sale deal expires :p

    My newer PC is 1.5 yr old Pentium 3 running on WinXP (whole package bought from BestBuy).
    My older one is about 3 yr old Pentium I running on Win2000.
    I don't play PC games but I do a lot of web browsing and P2P sharing and hope that I can do more with 2 PCs instead of just 1 now.

    They sit in the same room at closed distance but might be in seperate rooms in a near future after moving into a house.

    Please let me know if you need anymore info.
    Thank you kindly in advance for your help.

  2. dai


    Mar 6, 2003
    you just need a nic card(ethernet) in each computer and then connect to the router with straight through patch cables and set your router up for the computers to see each other
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