non-wireless home LAN

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by tomatocity, Jul 7, 2009.

  1. tomatocity

    tomatocity Guest

    I have a Vista Home Premium 32bit Desktop and just purchased a Vista
    Home Preium 64bit Laptop and I would like to create a non-wireless (yes
    I know, but I am not ready for a wireless network at this time) home
    local area network. When I search my Laptop I don't find how to connect
    the two computers using a cable. Also, I have AT&T DSL for internet
    access.

    Any assistance will be appreciated. Thank you.


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    tomatocity
    tomatocity, Jul 7, 2009
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  2. tomatocity

    whs Guest

    tomatocity;1083630 Wrote:
    > I have a Vista Home Premium 32bit Desktop and just purchased a Vista
    > Home Preium 64bit Laptop and I would like to create a non-wireless (yes
    > I know, but I am not ready for a wireless network at this time) home
    > local area network. When I search my Laptop I don't find how to connect
    > the two computers using a cable. Also, I have AT&T DSL for internet
    > access.
    >
    > Any assistance will be appreciated. Thank you.



    The easiest would be to buy an ethernet switch like this one (
    'Dynex® - 4-Port 10 Mbps Ethernet Hub - DX-EHB4'
    (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=7169262&type=product&id=1110266457493)
    ). With that you can connect up to 4 systems for little money with
    ethernet cables (max. lenght is 100 meters). I have the same setup in my
    vacation home. It works a lot better than a wireless network. Those
    switches come in various levels of sophistication, but anything in the
    $15 to $25 range should do.


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    whs
    whs, Jul 7, 2009
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  3. tomatocity

    GTS Guest

    Assuming you want both computers to have Internet access:
    - If your DSL modem is a modem / router (with single network port) you
    need a switch. That will connect to the modem and both computers to the
    switch.
    - If the DSL modem does not have a built in router, then you need a wired
    router. (These days that may cost more than a wireless one.) That will
    connect to the modem and both computers to the router. The router will
    have to be properly configured for your DSL connection.

    If your not sure, please tell us the model of the DSL modem.
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    "tomatocity" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >
    > I have a Vista Home Premium 32bit Desktop and just purchased a Vista
    > Home Preium 64bit Laptop and I would like to create a non-wireless (yes
    > I know, but I am not ready for a wireless network at this time) home
    > local area network. When I search my Laptop I don't find how to connect
    > the two computers using a cable. Also, I have AT&T DSL for internet
    > access.
    >
    > Any assistance will be appreciated. Thank you.
    >
    >
    > --
    > tomatocity
    GTS, Jul 7, 2009
    #3
  4. tomatocity

    jtvista Guest

    If you want both computers to connect to the internet, you really want a
    router, not a hub. I would advise getting a wireless router, even if
    you don't use the wireless part of it right now. Most (all?) wireless
    routers allow you to connect four computers to them via an ethernet
    connection and they can be had pretty cheaply, especially online. I
    have AT&T DSL and use a D-Link wireless router and couldn't be happier
    with the setup.

    Just my 2 cents.
    -JT


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    jtvista, Jul 7, 2009
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  5. tomatocity

    truthkid Guest

    whs;1083640 Wrote:
    > > tomatocity;1083630 Wrote:
    > > I have a Vista Home Premium 32bit Desktop and just purchased a Vista
    > > Home Preium 64bit Laptop and I would like to create a non-wireless (yes
    > > I know, but I am not ready for a wireless network at this time) home
    > > local area network. When I search my Laptop I don't find how to connect
    > > the two computers using a cable. Also, I have AT&T DSL for internet
    > > access.
    > >
    > > Any assistance will be appreciated. Thank you.> >

    >
    >
    > The easiest would be to buy an ethernet switch like this one (
    > 'Dynex® - 4-Port 10 Mbps Ethernet Hub - DX-EHB4'
    > (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=7169262&type=product&id=1110266457493)
    > ). With that you can connect up to 4 systems for little money with
    > ethernet cables (max. lenght is 100 meters). I have the same setup in
    > my vacation home. It works a lot better than a wireless network. Those
    > switches come in various levels of sophistication, but anything in the
    > $15 to $25 range should do.


    Generally unless you are performing some sort of packet monitoring, you
    wouldn't want a hub as it is limited to the physical layer and is going
    to retransmit the signal from the uplink port to all the ports on the
    hub. You would want a layer 2 switch if the modem can act as a
    router/perform NAT


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    truthkid
    truthkid, Jul 7, 2009
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  6. "tomatocity" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >
    > I have a Vista Home Premium 32bit Desktop and just purchased a Vista
    > Home Preium 64bit Laptop and I would like to create a non-wireless (yes
    > I know, but I am not ready for a wireless network at this time) home
    > local area network. When I search my Laptop I don't find how to connect
    > the two computers using a cable. Also, I have AT&T DSL for internet
    > access.
    >
    > Any assistance will be appreciated. Thank you.
    >
    >
    > --
    > tomatocity



    Laptop external ports are usually found on the back panel (same part as the
    power cable is inserted). One of them should be labeled 'ETHERNET'..

    Re connecting to the Internet:

    If you have a DSL modem which is USB only

    Connect the laptop to the desktop using a CROSSOVER patch cable. This will
    connect to the ETHERNET ports of both desktop and laptop

    OR

    Call your ISP and ask if they can supply a modem/router or wireless modem

    --

    Mike Hall - MVP Windows Experience
    http://msmvps.com/blogs/mikehall/
    Mike Hall - MVP, Jul 8, 2009
    #6
  7. tomatocity

    tomatocity Guest

    Mike Hall - MVP;1083775 Wrote:
    > "tomatocity" <> wrote in message
    > news:...> > >
    > > >
    > > > I have a Vista Home Premium 32bit Desktop and just purchased a Vista
    > > > Home Preium 64bit Laptop and I would like to create a non-wireless

    > > (yes
    > > > I know, but I am not ready for a wireless network at this time) home
    > > > local area network. When I search my Laptop I don't find how to

    > > connect
    > > > the two computers using a cable. Also, I have AT&T DSL for internet
    > > > access.
    > > >
    > > > Any assistance will be appreciated. Thank you.
    > > >
    > > >
    > > > --
    > > > tomatocity > >

    >
    >
    > Laptop external ports are usually found on the back panel (same part
    > as the
    > power cable is inserted). One of them should be labeled 'ETHERNET'..
    >
    > Re connecting to the Internet:
    >
    > If you have a DSL modem which is USB only
    >
    > Connect the laptop to the desktop using a CROSSOVER patch cable. This
    > will
    > connect to the ETHERNET ports of both desktop and laptop
    >
    > OR
    >
    > Call your ISP and ask if they can supply a modem/router or wireless
    > modem
    >
    > --
    >
    > Mike Hall - MVP Windows Experience
    > 'Mike's Window - MSMVPS.COM' (http://msmvps.com/blogs/mikehall/)


    My DSL Modem is RJ45 jacks and no USB jacks. Thanks for reminding me
    about the Crossover cable to connect the computers. Now I need to find a
    way to connect DSL modem to the Desktop computer.

    What I want to share between the Laptop and Desktop computrers are
    files, common calendar, printers, photos, etc.


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    tomatocity
    tomatocity, Jul 8, 2009
    #7
  8. "tomatocity" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >
    > Mike Hall - MVP;1083775 Wrote:
    >> "tomatocity" <> wrote in message
    >> news:...> > >
    >> > >
    >> > > I have a Vista Home Premium 32bit Desktop and just purchased a Vista
    >> > > Home Preium 64bit Laptop and I would like to create a non-wireless
    >> > (yes
    >> > > I know, but I am not ready for a wireless network at this time) home
    >> > > local area network. When I search my Laptop I don't find how to
    >> > connect
    >> > > the two computers using a cable. Also, I have AT&T DSL for internet
    >> > > access.
    >> > >
    >> > > Any assistance will be appreciated. Thank you.
    >> > >
    >> > >
    >> > > --
    >> > > tomatocity > >

    >>
    >>
    >> Laptop external ports are usually found on the back panel (same part
    >> as the
    >> power cable is inserted). One of them should be labeled 'ETHERNET'..
    >>
    >> Re connecting to the Internet:
    >>
    >> If you have a DSL modem which is USB only
    >>
    >> Connect the laptop to the desktop using a CROSSOVER patch cable. This
    >> will
    >> connect to the ETHERNET ports of both desktop and laptop
    >>
    >> OR
    >>
    >> Call your ISP and ask if they can supply a modem/router or wireless
    >> modem
    >>
    >> --
    >>
    >> Mike Hall - MVP Windows Experience
    >> 'Mike's Window - MSMVPS.COM' (http://msmvps.com/blogs/mikehall/)

    >
    > My DSL Modem is RJ45 jacks and no USB jacks. Thanks for reminding me
    > about the Crossover cable to connect the computers. Now I need to find a
    > way to connect DSL modem to the Desktop computer.
    >
    > What I want to share between the Laptop and Desktop computrers are
    > files, common calendar, printers, photos, etc.
    >
    >
    > --
    > tomatocity



    If you don't buy a router, be it wireless or not, you will have buy another
    network card for the desktop, connect the laptop to it and set up Internet
    Connection Sharing.

    For simplicity, it is easier to buy and set up a wireless router..

    --

    Mike Hall - MVP Windows Experience
    http://msmvps.com/blogs/mikehall/
    Mike Hall - MVP, Jul 8, 2009
    #8
  9. tomatocity

    truthkid Guest

    Mike Hall - MVP;1083919 Wrote:
    > "tomatocity" <> wrote in message
    > news:...> > >
    > > >
    > > > Mike Hall - MVP;1083775 Wrote:> > > > >
    > > > >> "tomatocity" <> wrote in message
    > > > >> news:...> > >
    > > > >>
    > > > >>
    > > > >> Laptop external ports are usually found on the back panel (same
    > > > part
    > > > >> as the
    > > > >> power cable is inserted). One of them should be labeled
    > > > 'ETHERNET'..
    > > > >>
    > > > >> Re connecting to the Internet:
    > > > >>
    > > > >> If you have a DSL modem which is USB only
    > > > >>
    > > > >> Connect the laptop to the desktop using a CROSSOVER patch cable.
    > > > This
    > > > >> will
    > > > >> connect to the ETHERNET ports of both desktop and laptop
    > > > >>
    > > > >> OR
    > > > >>
    > > > >> Call your ISP and ask if they can supply a modem/router or wireless
    > > > >> modem
    > > > >>
    > > > >> --
    > > > >>
    > > > >> Mike Hall - MVP Windows Experience
    > > > >> 'Mike's Window - MSMVPS.COM' ('Mike's Window - MSMVPS.COM'
    > > > (http://msmvps.com/blogs/mikehall/))> > > >
    > > >
    > > > My DSL Modem is RJ45 jacks and no USB jacks. Thanks for reminding

    > > me
    > > > about the Crossover cable to connect the computers. Now I need to

    > > find a
    > > > way to connect DSL modem to the Desktop computer.
    > > >
    > > > What I want to share between the Laptop and Desktop computrers

    > > are
    > > > files, common calendar, printers, photos, etc.
    > > >
    > > >
    > > > --
    > > > tomatocity > >

    >
    >
    > If you don't buy a router, be it wireless or not, you will have buy
    > another
    > network card for the desktop, connect the laptop to it and set up
    > Internet
    > Connection Sharing.
    >
    > For simplicity, it is easier to buy and set up a wireless router..
    >
    > --
    >
    > Mike Hall - MVP Windows Experience
    > 'Mike's Window - MSMVPS.COM' (http://msmvps.com/blogs/mikehall/)


    +1
    If your modem cannot act as a router, your best bet is to buy a
    wireless router. You can leave the wireless turned off if you'd rather
    not use it, but if you feel inclined to take the internet around the
    house with you on your laptop you can easily turn it on.


    --
    truthkid
    truthkid, Jul 8, 2009
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