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clueless about networking needs

by niidea / December 14, 2004 12:54 AM PST

I'm getting a new computer and will want this one and my old one to be able to share the same dsl connection, printer etc. The new one can be hard wired into the modem / router whatever since its in the same room and if it makes it more secure I would prefer it that way. But the other computer will be in another room so it will probably have to be wireless. I have no idea what I need and will have to do some research but is there anything I need to have the computer maker install in the new computer to make it ready to set up a network? I don't want to have to open up a new computer to install anything..


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by Michael Geist / December 14, 2004 7:08 AM PST

"I have no idea what I need and will have to do some research but is there anything I need to have the computer maker install in the new computer to make it ready to set up a network?"

A network card. The choice of wireless or wired is yours, but most new motherboards will have this feature built in.

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Really simple. . .
by Coryphaeus / December 14, 2004 11:54 PM PST

All you need is a router and Network Interface Cards (NIC). Depending on which PC is located where, they can be wired or wireless. Have the maker install a simple NIC in the new PC, and you can install a wireless PCI NIC in the other one. Make sure the router is wireless capable, most are. Connect an Ethernet cable from the router to the new PC, and enable wireless for the other one. Be sure you enable encryption for the wireless.

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thanks much!
by niidea / December 16, 2004 2:27 PM PST
In reply to: Really simple. . .

Got it now... (Now all I have to do is wade my way thru all of the info I've found on security, encryption etc.... )

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