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PC with 2 network cards?
quikening Jun-23-01 05:47 PM
I have a 5 port hub, which is currently fully utilised. I'd like to connect another laptop to the home network.

Would it be possible for me to connect the laptop to a PC on the existing network, using a 2nd network card in the PC, such that my laptop will be able to access the network as well?

1. RE: PC with 2 network cards?
lbyard Jun-24-01 08:09 PM
In response to message 0
Well, I wasn’t quite sure about the answer to this question so I hooked-up a test network this afternoon. Computer A (Win 2K setup for a workgroup network) is connected with a crossover cable (http://duxcw.com/digest/Howto/network/cable/cable6.htm) to a second network adapter I installed in my computer (computer B, Win Me). The other adapter in my computer goes to my network with a Win NT server, another Win Me computer, and a Win 98 computer (computer C). Computer A can share files, etc with computer B and vice versa. Computer B can share files with computer C and vice versa. Computer A cannot see or share resources with computer C. Both NetBEUI and TCP/IP were installed on all three computers. I have read that this limitation is caused by the fact that a workgroup is limited to the same network segment, but I do not know that to be absolute fact and that there might be some way to route/forward the TCP/IP packets from one adapter to the to other to expand the workgroup. I would suggest purchasing a switch (http://duxcw.com/faq/network/hubsw.htm) or a router/switch (if you want to share the internet the best possible way-- http://duxcw.com/faq/ics/waysshare.htm) and connecting it to your existing hub (http://duxcw.com/faq/network/uplink.htm). Larry

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