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    e=2.718281828459045235360 HyperBaseball's Avatar
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    How many network cards?

    Okay, here's the scenario.

    At school, I'm going to be able to plug in to their Internet connection via an ethernet plug. I'm going to be taking two computers, one desktop and one laptop.

    If I want to set up a network in which the desktop is my server, meaning that it directly connects to the ethernet plug, and it is also an Internet Information Server to my laptop (meaning I get the 'net to my laptop from my desktop), how many network cards will I need total? This is assuming I use Win2K and a network HUB to set this all up.

    I hope I'm explaining everything alright.

    Anyway, will I need 2 total (one in each of the computers) or 3 total (1 laptop, 2 desktop) network cards in order to accomplish this?

    And then, I'll throw another cog on the system. If for some reason I want my laptop to be the server and connect directly into the school's system, is it just a few changes in the settings? This scenario isn't real likely, unless my desktop crashes and I need to log on via my laptop, or take my laptop to the library and plug in, etc.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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    I am the night... bman's Avatar
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    ok.. i am far from an expert.. but i think you would need 3 total cards.. one to plug the desktop into the school network and one to run your little network. You shouldn't need a hub though just get a crossover cable and connect it between the two machines.
    i think you will need to set up some kind of proxy server or something on your desktop so that your laptop with be able to get on the internet through the ethernet connection.

    again. i am no expert and someone will probably come along and tell you that everything i said is wrong. but i THINK that is how you could do it..
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    You talkin to me? Anarchos's Avatar
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    You can either do 3 total, or 2 total and a hub.

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    The hub would be the ideal solution because of the scalability. You can grow your network if needed (for those late night half-life sessions).

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    e=2.718281828459045235360 HyperBaseball's Avatar
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    Originally posted by moospot
    The hub would be the ideal solution because of the scalability. You can grow your network if needed (for those late night half-life sessions).
    Agreed That's what I'm going to go with, thanks. Mmmm, counter-strike...
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    Besides unless it is Advanced Server, Windows doesn't really take kindly to multiple Network cards. It causes all sorts of problems like data collision and fragmentation.
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