I want to setup a 100 Mbps network between my 2 dell systems. Both of them came with a network card but I would like to know what else I need. I had 2 phoneline networking cards but they aren't compatible with Windows XP and I would like a faster speed than 10Mbps.
well this is a re-edit - as i dont wanna look too much like a fool........ as the dude above beat me to the mark about x-overs.....next time.....................................bang.....................to qik...lol,
u dont need switch all u need it a hub but if u have a high speed internet connection then u will want to get a router and u that and u also ahve teh capabilty to expand the network, but is not then a X over cable will work just fine
Well I don't have any high speed net connection (wish i did lol) and I don't plan on expanding my network so all I would need is a crossover cable and the 10/100 netowrk cards and I can get 100Mbps speed with out a hub, switch or any other hardware?
There is no need for a switch. A crossover cable is all you need. In theory it is a faster setup than a switch(2 100base cards and a crossover). I use a 3com 4 port router and share a highspeed internet connection with my 2 computers. My 2 networked puters on highspeed, with 2, 4, or 6 other fast connections connected via game servers, just rocks on WC3, Jedi II, and MOH. And I have room for a lan party as u can switch off the router and add up to 253 DHCP connections. 2 puters gaming get cards and cable. Want to share internet and have expansion ability with printer server sharing, get a router.