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Ethernet connection

Do I need more than an ethernet connection between 2 PC's to share files and internet connection? They are both XP home and have ethernet cards installed.

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A little more information...

would help. Such as the type of Internet connection(dialup/broadband). The nature of your LAN connection(hub/switch/router/DCC). The type of ethernet cards(wired/wireless).

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It is a dialup connection and wired card. As for LAN type that's what I don't know about. Can I just connect the PC's with a CAT5 Ethernet patch cable, or do I need a hub/switch?

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Re: A little more information...

In using a direct NIC to NIC connection you would use a cross over CAT5 cable as opposed to a straight thru type. You might add a switch if your network will grow past two computers, or a router if you move to broadband. But in a dialup scenario, using XPs built in Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) software is the ticket.

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