Connecting 2 PCS

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by brocher, Nov 14, 2003.

  1. brocher

    brocher Moderator

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    When broad band comes to my area( 4WEEKS TIME)is it possible to connect to computers using USB and would i get the same access as using networking, if it is possible how would i go about it.
     
  2. ming

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    You can get the USB-A to USB-A cable from some specialist computer stores, but this is not a common cable.

    I wouldn't recommend connecting two computers in this way, mainly because you'll eat up ALL the bandwidth leaving nothing behind for use by your printer, scanner, keyboard, mouse, and any other devices that may be run off USB.


    The best way of connecting two computers would be to use ethernet cables like 99.99% all networked computers.
     
  3. box2k2

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  5. Freakzilla

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    It can be done (never tried it myself though). You will need some USB to ethernet adaptors. I found this site doing a google search USB Networking If that doesn't help then go to Google
     
  6. box2k2

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    Sum up

    to sum up, you have 4 options:

    1. USB to USB network cable (see link above)

    2. 2x USB Network adapters (see other link above)

    3. Ethernet network (2x NIC & cable)

    4. Wireless network (Dunno)
     
  7. Emeritus

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    I recommend finding a networking kit for your systems, almost all the manufacturers have on e or more, Netgear, D-Link, Linsys, etc. This is what they normally contain:

    2 NICs
    1 HUB or Cable/DSL Router
    2 CAT5E Cables

    This will give you more expandability, and it will allow you to share the broadband service easier. I am set up that way, and I have 3 systems on the HUB, and my Notebook can connected whenever I need to, and they all share the internet.
     
  8. Admiral Michael

    Admiral Michael Michaelsoft Systems CEO Folding Team

    I would use ethernet and a router (Linksys Rocks!). Internet will be faster then if it goes through a computer and you will have the protection of a NAT firewall.
     
  9. LeeJend

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    What the admiral said.

    Plus if you use a router you don't have to have both computers turned on all the time. Just leave the router and modem on and connected so you keep the same IP address if the ISP uses dynamic addresses and so your conenction is always valid when you power up the either PC.

    I've seen 4 port routers as low as $20 after rebate at best buy in the last month. Shop around.

    If the second PC doesn't have network connection on the MB a NIC card is $10 or less now.

    The cables you'll need should not be more than $5 bucks. Do not let somebody rip you off charging $10-20. It infuriates me when I see stores pulling that crap!!!!!!! Compusa is the worst.

    PS Linksys rocks (been using mine for 5 years now). But netgear has one that may be better now. It's the streamlined looking one.
     
  10. Admiral Michael

    Admiral Michael Michaelsoft Systems CEO Folding Team

    Yes, Linksys rules. A friend of mine has a netgear and has been having problems (latest firmware and stuff).
     
  11. LeeJend

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    Netgear RP614.

    Solved connection dropout problems when working through an ISPs VPN system. No other router worked for the guy. He was using the BEFSR41 with every new firmware version that came out. When he went to the Netgear RP614 his connection became rock solid again.

    Warning. Some of the netgear firmware upgarde files on their website have the wrong extension on them and will not load properly. You have to change the file extension before flashing. Lame, I know...