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Q: creating a network via ethernet switch

hi, can anyone tell me the easiest way to create a network between multiple pcs using switch. We have 3 pcs . Currently i m using vista x32 ultimate. Other one also uses vista ultimate x32 and third one is laptop using xp sp1.

plz tell me how to connect them all into network enabling them all to share files and internet access making my vista computer a server.

I have a internet connection in 1 computer (the one that I am using) and I also have a Ethernet switch. I have all the cable ready too. I had to connect them before also but got no success.

I hope some one here might help.

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I just did a clean install of a W7 ultimate pc and have been trying for hours to set up a network with a W8.1 laptop.

This was working before the clean install but I can't remember how do do it.

I do not have a router and am using a 'functioning' twisted Ethernet cable.

The W8.1 laptop is connected to the Internet via a Vodafone stick/pen

I am NOT trying to put the pc online right now.

Any instructions on how to do this would be much appreciated.

The Ethernet connection is showing as 'unidentified' right now.



A:Creating a W7 W8.1 Ethernet Network

Google is your friend.

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hi, Iím goi9ng to get a blu ray player for my room and in order to use the blu ray live part of it i need to connect it to the internet. currently in my room i have a pc and an xbox 360 and just change over the Ethernet lead when i want to use one or the other, but now i would like a more permanent solution so that i donít have to change over the lead if i want to watch a blu ray disc, go on my xbox 360 or pc. my question is will something like this do the trick?

if so does anyone know if this will decrease the signal strength that the Ethernet cable carries, as i would still need to be able to play games over xbox live.

thanks for the help


A:Solved: Ethernet Network Switch?

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i'm trying to connect my two computers to each other using the ethernet switch i already have to connect them to the internet. i've looked all over but i can't find a relevant guide/tutorial.

A:two computer network with ethernet switch

Is it a switch, or a router?

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I have an RJ45 cable run from my router to my component cabinet in the living room. The modem hooks into the router and then I have the four connections on it going out to two computers, a wireless router and of course the one connection to the component cabinet. I had a networked DVD player hooked to that RJ45 to access my computer's hard drive, but now I need to put an IR receiver in their so I can control my computer with my Universal Remote:

The question is do I need a router or will just a switch like this

work? I was thnking the switch is all I need since the router is necessary only for sharing an Internet connection, correct? What's the difference?

A:Do I need a router or Ethernet Switch to expand Network

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I recently purchased a NAS Drive which works ok. However I have also found out that my Sky Hub only supports <100Mbps.

The problems I have is when copying to the NAS drive I only get write speeds of around 10-12MBps which sounds about right being around 1/8 of the 100Mbps. Also when I stream I get a lot of buffering/cut out with any HD content streaming to my Xbox 360.

I just wanted to know if unplugging everything from the router and into a gigabit Ethernet switch then connecting that to the router will speed everything up? Or would I be better off going all out on a pricey router?

Basically am I right in thinking the switch will bypass the router for anything not using the internet?

A:Solved: Will adding an Ethernet switch speed up my network?

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I have an ethernet cable run in my house. What I need to figure out is if there is such thing an ethernet switch that does not require a power source. (or something that can get this situation resolved)

Here is my situation:
I have a cable ran to my basement, and have a bedroom directly above the basement that needs an ethernet run. It is not possible for me to run a completely new cable from the original starting point, so I was somehow hoping to use the cable going to the basement, put a head on it, put it into a switch/hub/splitter and run a cable out of it to the room directly above, and use the other cable coming out to stay in the basement.

Is there something that can do this for me? Is there a better way to do so? What would you suggest? Thanks!

UPDATE: Please refer to post #4 for more details.

A:Solved: Such thing as an Ethernet switch that doesn't need power? Question about ethernet run

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I am currently running Windows 7 on a new HP Desktop. I have a cable modem and a wireless router. When looking in the Network and Internet Conneciton and the map of the network, the new wireless HP Desktop computer has a "?" while my other desktop (device) is mapped "switch". I'm thinking that the new HP Desktop that is mapped with a "?" needs to indicate "Switch"? Any advice will be helpful. Thank you.

A:Creating a Switch

I'm guessing that your other machine simply isn't able to determine what the device is, due to it's being over a wireless connection and not hardwired. Provided you're able to connect to it and it can get online, I wouldn't worry terribly about the network map.

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Hi this is my first post but I am really confused as to an issue with hyper-V

Whenever I go to open the virtual switch manager, it says; The operation on computer 'DESKTOP-V1A0142' failed: Generic error. Is there anyway to fix this. I have not yet created any switches because it won't let me.

A:Hyper-V error when creating virtual switch.

Hi Nukeproof, welcome to the Ten Forums.

First thing to check is that the Hyper-V Extensible Virtual Switch is enabled in your NIC's Properties:
If it is totally missing click the Install button and install, it, you'll find it under Protocol:
Install if needed, enable it and reboot and try Virtual Switch Manager again.


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Ok let me clarify what I am up against.

I have 20 XPS 1710 Laptops. I am setting up a LAN event at a hotel conference room that has no access to the internet. The server management program I am using has a standard Intenet set up as well as LAN set up (I can set the server up on the internet or through a LAN. The set up part is not the issue. The issue is the connection

I have a 20 port switch available. I was told that I can use the switch to connect the 20 laptops to create the LAN. So here is the layout]

No Internet capability
20 Laptops
20 port switch
20 25 foot CAT5 cables

Someone please describe the process for setting this up. I would really appreciate your time. I do have access to a LINKSYS wireless router. I was also told that I could just plug in the Wireless Router and use it to run the LAN. Each XPS has WiFi and I was told I should be able to pick up the Wireless router. HELP


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Ok so i am trying to get on xbox live at uni but it failed at ip adress so i bought a wireless router and tryed connecting that way and it worked for abit and then didnt

So i have took the router back i was just wondering if i buy a ethernet switch and plug the two ethernet cables in the one from my laptop and the one from my xbox and bridge the connections would the test still fail at ip adress or would it be ok?

Just thought i would ask on here before spending the money and having to take it back again

Thanks Ross

A:Ethernet Switch

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Got an odd one for you, but someone might have run across it.

In addition to software security devices when accessing the Internet, I use hardware security as well. Since being disconnected from the Internet is the best possible security, I use an RJ-45 coupler in the Ethernet cable between my computer and the cable modem, keeping one or other side of the cable disconnected except when I'm actually using the Internet (downloading mail, etc.)

This is quite convenient, but the Ethernet connectors invariably break after 100 or so connect/disconnect cycles, and the cable segment has to be replaced.

The best solution, if anyone has ever seen or heard of one, would be an on/off switch designed to link two RJ-45 Ethernet cables. Not as good would be a little two-port Ethernet "hubby", such as used to be available for a while 10 or 12 years ago, with its own power supply; I could then use an ordinary 120V AC on/off switch to control the Internet connection by powering the hubby up and down. But I can no longer find any of these hubbies.

Any info on either of these devices, or suggestions of better alternative methods, would be much appreciated. Thanks.

A:Ethernet On/Off Switch

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Can someone tell me: can I add an ethernet switch to an ethernet switch?

I've just bought a 4 port model.
I've qucikly realised I need more ports!

Can I just buy another ethernet switch and extend?


A:Can I add an ethernet switch to an ethernet switch?

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Another thought for changing my network for printer only sharing.

All things being equal, which hardware item will be better for printer sharing - Hub or Switch. I don't want to have to redo my cabling.

I understand a hub or switch will change the direction internally, so I don't have to buy any cross-over patch cables, but just plug each computer in to the hub or switch - right?

The other alternative is to buy a second cheap printer, but that entails cartridge additions at a later date.

Comments please. . .

A:Ethernet - Hub OR Switch!

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We have several computers on a network attached to a router. My son uses his PC and plays games on line using the Xbox. Everytime he wants to switch from one to the other, he has to pull the Ethernet cable out and put it in the other unit. He isn't close to the router so its impossible to set up two separate connections. Is there anything out there that would serve as an A-B switch where he can hook up the Ethernet line to the switch, then run another two shorter wires out to the PC and Xbox. It would be nice for him to be able to go back and fourth without having to crawl behind the Xbox and attach.

A:A-B Switch for Ethernet

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hyper-v - error in creating external virtual switch
I got an error in creating external virtual switch at hyper-v on windows 8 pro x64.

I have one xp vm and tried to make an network connection, but I coul not success.

Please let me know how to make creating external virtual switch at hyper-v.

Thanks in advance.

A:hyper-v - error in creating external virtual switch

Check this tutorial from our own Dwarf: Hyper-V - How to Use in Windows 8.

The tutorial explains to you how to create a virtual switch and your Hyper-V virtual machine.


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Can we connect Power over Ethernet (PoE) Adapter just like this one D-Link Power over Ethernet (PoE) Adapter Kit with any Ethernet switch ? I have a Belkin 5-port 10/100 switch can it be powered by PoE ?

How it will be setup.

A:Can I use Power over Ethernet (PoE) with any switch ?

If you are asking if you can connect this device to a NON-PoE switch and then have PoE on the switch the answer is no. If you are asking if you can connect this device to a switch and make one port PoE on the switch the answers is no. The D-Link device is PoE only on the D-Link device. I hope that helps.

If you need PoE on a switch you need to buy a PoE switch the electronics inside the switch are different. However, you can plug NON-PoE devices into a PoE switch without problems. -WS

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Hi All,

I have a laptop (Lenovo Thinkpad) that is mounted in a docking station. In my house I have wifi, the docking station is connected to the router via hard LAN.

I have prioritized my connections to give preference to LAN over wifi (as I obviously prefer the fastest connection).

The Network sharing center now tells me I am connected to both LAN and Wifi, but the system tray tells me Wifi. How do I know through which I am now connected and how to I prioritize LAN? Please don't tell me to manually enable / disable ;-)

Thanks a lot!


A:How to switch between wifi and ethernet

Try ipconfig and see what your lan ip is
and then try
and if it goes threw you lan card ip first you will know it's working the way you want

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Hello. Do I need an Ethernet hub, switch, or even a router to have my Ethernet VOIP telephony box to be hardwired "separately" from my cable modem and NOT be part of my hardwired wireless router's ports???

My Objective/My Plan:

This is for home/residential networking. To have two (2) hardwired networking hardware items: 1. (1) VOIP box... ...and... 2. (1) wireless integrated router BOTH hardwired off of the same cable modem of my cable ISP. I need either a hub, a switch, or even a router to connect both networking hardware items to the cable modem. Also, I MUST BE ABLE to connect to the Internet at the same time for both the VOIP box and the wireless integrated router (the Internet) if necessary. My current wireless integrated router will serve as my wired/wireless networking device for a desktop computer, a laptop, an Internet streaming radio, and a Wi-Fi Smartphone; but the wireless router *WILL NOT* serve my VOIP telephony service. Why? See: "Reason".

For your information, the VOIP box offers an incoming Internet connectivity, an outgoing traditional telephone jack, and a power port for a power adapter. No Internet bypass Ethernet port on the VOIP box.

Also, be aware that my cable ISP company is NOT the same as my VOIP company. This does not make much different on the networking hardware setup. The cable modem itself has ONLY one (1) Ethernet connection too.

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A:Do I need an Ethernet hub, switch, or even a router to have my...?

Quote: Originally Posted by montecarlo1987

Questions to answer please:

1. What do you think I need? Do I need an Ethernet hub, switch, or even a router to have my Ethernet VOIP telephony box to be hardwired "separately" from my cable modem and NOT be part of my hardwired wireless router's ports?

2. Will an Ethernet hub or switch support more than one networking hardware to connect onto the Internet simultaneously or at the same time or not? (I am not familiar with Ethernet hubs' and switches' properties.)

3. Another router a "fair" idea or do you not agree at all for an integrated router to serve as a hub or switch? Will I have networking issues if I incorporate another router into this setup? Can it be "tamed" to not cause issues?

4. Do you have any suggestions, different ideas, or thoughts here?

Thank you!

1. You could complete this in two different ways however it is dependent on what the current router is for your main internet connection to client computers. One way is to connect a separate router to one of your main routers LAN ports. for example connecting the internet port to the LAN port. Then all you need to do is add the VoIP clients to the added router and it will be completely separate from your computers due to a technology called NAT.

Second option which could be cheaper is to get a managed switch (NEVER GET A HUB THEY EQUAL NETWORK DEATH) and then setup som... Read more

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hey guys i have a quick question bout a situation i have going on. the computer i am now on is hooked up into the internet via a wall ethernet jack, which is hooked into an ethernet switch (or hub i think) in another room where the cable modem is located. the tv that i play my xbox 360 on is a good 10 feet away or so, and i want to get connected onto xbox live from there.

i have an ethernet cable that is long enough to run from the xbox itself to the wall ethernet jack that the computer is hooked into.

what my question is is that if i buy another ethernet switch and hook it into the wall jack, and then from that switch run another ethernet line into the computer which is literally right on top of the jack and then another line from that switch into the xbox 10 feet away, if this will work since the wall jack itself is hooked into another ethernet switch in another room.

i can kinda guess that was kinda annoying to follow but i just wanted to explain everything to avoid confusion. help would be really appreciated . thanks guys

A:ethernet switch question

im not sure if theres a difference between a hub and a switch, but i do know that the wall jack is hooked into an 8 port linksys ethernet switch. if that helps at all

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For some time now I have had the set-up outlined below (sorry for the granularity but as I don't know what the problem is I
thought it best to highlight all my connected devices).

Back room
- cable broadband router (operating in modem only mode)
- own wireless router connected to modem
- NAS connected to router wireless router
- Desktop connected to wireless router
- 500Mb passthrough Homeplug adaptor connected to router
- 5 port Gigabit ethernet switch( Tenda G1005D) connected to router
- Printer connected to switch
- Virgin Media TiVo connected to switch

- 500Mb passthrough Homeplug adaptor
- 8 port Gigabit ethernet switch (D-link go-sw-8g) connected to Homeplug adaptor
- HTPC (for XBMC) connected to switch
- TV connected to switch
- AV reciever connected to switch
- VM Tivo connected to switch

This set-up has worked fine with me receiving good wired and wireless connections throughout the house
However yesterday my wired downstream speed dropped dramatically in the lounge to the point where streaming video to my
XBMC box was impossible and even performing a LAN speed test proved difficult.

This morning I have ran several tests on the connection in the lounge and I have determined,buy plugging the cable from the
adaptor straight into my laptop, that the connection from the Homeplug adaptor in the lounge is good in that both a LAN
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Will be using two desktop PC's in house for the first time now.

Have always had a hard wired Ethernet cable between Router output and the one desktop pc.

New PC coming with, apparently, some "wireless" capability.

a. Can one of the PC's be connected to the Router wirelessly (and the other thru the Ethernet cable) ?

If so, where are the Settings to do it, and how would I go about it ?

b. Or, is it better to try and set up a GigaBit "Switch", and have both PC's use it ?
Would this be better than one PC wireless, and one PC thru the Ethernet cable ?
Why ? Any caveats or gotchas doing it this way ?


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I like to think I have never been beaten (reformat the system will fix it but thats to easy)DesktopVista Home EditionGigabyte series Mother BoardI have a user who has cleaned out his system rebooted and ever since then the system wont connect to the internet. Ethernet symbol bottom right hand corner with red cross.Steps I have taken to resolve this.Ran repair and diagnose, error "either driver or Hardware issue"Uninstalled driver and reinstalled lastest driver.Device Manager, uninstalled ethernet card reinstalled, disabled re-enabled. when disabled ethernet symbol should disappear but doesnt.Installed another ethernet switch still nothing.Ran Combo fix, malware bytes (found websearch) nothing major.Went through Hi Jack This filesChecked my internet connection lolAm wondering if there maybe something in BIOS however?Has anyone come across this before? I dont think it's the mother board.

A:Ethernet switch not working

I have a user who has cleaned out his system What does that mean?

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I am designing a test system that has three 8-bit ethernet microcontrollers connected through FPGAs to some non-standard serial buses transmitting and receiving 16-bit serial data at 1Mbps clock, at some data rate (maybe up to 500 messages/sec each). A PC connected to the ethernet switch will send commands to the three microcontrollers, and will process the data they send. The PC is a Core 2 Duo at tbd speed with tbd RAM, and software to talk via ethernet will be an .exe compiled from C++ source code. Based on years of experience I think the PC can keep up, but I don't know about the ethernet switch.

I don't think a $50 5-port Linksys or D-Link home switch is going to handle this, it needs to buffer data so messages don't get lost. I don't need a router or DHCP server, just a decent switch.

Any ideas? This is for work so money is no object (but would like to keep it under $2000).

A:Ethernet Switch Recommendation?

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As a security device I have an RJ45 coupler in the cable between my computer and internet modem, and I only couple the two cable segments when I need to be online. Needless to say eventually the cable connector breaks and I have to replace the cable segment. I could really use a simple inexpensive inline on/off switch to replace the coupler between the two cable segments, but can't find such a thing. Can anyone help? Thks.

A:Need Ethernet Inline Switch

For inexpensive you could disable the ethernet connection (in Network Connections) or use a firewall.

Next time you buy a modem look for one with a Standby button; all Motorola cable modems seem to have one.

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Could use a little bit of help on this one...the guy at BB talked circles around my head when i asked how to set this up.....i have a DLink EBR2310 router that is currently all used up by 3 PCs and the XBox....i wanted to add the one lone printer to it so the kids can use it off of their pcs.....everything is hard wired to the router.....Question ...How do i hook up this Dynex 5 Port Ethernet Switch to the Router and where do all the cables go in what order???? again the guy at Best Buy talked circles around me.....Thanks all

A:Adding Ethernet Switch

You would disconnect one ot the PCs from the router. Then connect an ethernet patch cable between the disconnected port on the router to a port on the Dynex switch. Then plug the PC into the switch. If the printer is a networked printer, also plug it into the switch.

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ok. here's the deal. i have 2 notebooks. and a dsl internet connection. i recently bought a switch so as to connect both laptops to the internet simultaneously. but it doesn't seem to work. i checked the other threads and the comments posted for similiar problems that others have.but the solutions don't seem to work for me.
i can only connect one notebook at a time. if i connect the other, usually a "ip conflict" balloon pops up. so HELP!

A:ip conflict with ethernet switch

Because you have residential service which will only give you one single public IP. By putting in a switch, you are causing both laptops to request an IP via DHCP. Frankly, I'm surprised you're even getting both laptops to get an IP from the DHCP server. You need a router which does NATing to allow simultaneous network connectivity for both laptops not a switch.

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I have a Hp pavilion a1130n running on windows xp. I have been trying to switch to ethernet from usb for the internet. I am using charter internet and I called them but they were no help. I can't get it to work can somebody help me?

A:switch from usb to ethernet problem

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Why, when ever i try to add another RAM, my ethernet card (LAN card) settings disappear and it says new hardware found and starts installation of the LAN card (cannot locate the driver).
3COm EtherLink XL 10/100 PCI For complete Management NIC (3C905C-TX)

A:Adding RAM creating ethernet driver problem

Move your LAN card to another slot.
Or remove it until you have the memory detected and working properly.
Inspect the card for any thing loose... because it may have connector damage that makes the system think it just found the card... It can also be caused by a loose or defective cable nearby.

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Hi. Does anybody explain to me the correct way to ground a 8p metal ethernet switch that is powered with a bipolar AC adapter?

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How old is this equipment that it does not have internal grounding on the IEC jack?

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Currently I have internet connection via cable modem and usb connection to the modem.

I am trying to connect by using ethernet from modem to computer but although the adapter is enabled, I have a red cross through its symbol (xp) and an windows tells me that the network cable is unplugged although I can see that physically it is not.

Help welcomed.

A:switch to ethernet internet connection

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Say I need to shut off internet access in my home to prevent my teen from having the temptation to play multiplayer games at all hours. I'm thinking that I could insert a timer switch in the ethernet cable that would disable one or two of the wires in the CAT-5 cable, rendering internet access inoperable. At 6 AM, when we need the internet up, the switch would restore the connection with no fuss (i.e. rebooting of routers, laptops, wi-fi routers, etc.). I need it to operate without daily intervention on my part; the internet goes off at midnight, comes back at 6AM. Ideally, it would deal with DST on its own too. Is there anything out there like that? If not, can you tell me which wire, or wires, in the CAT-5 cable will kill all data throughput if it is cut, and resume throughput seamlessly if it is restored?

A:Ethernet on/off curfew timed switch help

i suspect that could be easily overcome or am i missing something

Whats the make and model of the router - some have QoS which may also enable you to turn off internet access at set times to certain PCs or ALL
that would also be part of the router and if you set the password - can not be logged into , unless reset and you maybe able to set that up to

A teen would be able to overcome quite a few things with a little help from the net

is this on a games consule or on a PC - you maybe able to install parental controls onto the PC

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I wonder if someone can answer a question for me,I have a TV downstairs connected to a homeplug which in turn connects to my router located upstairs via another homeplug. What I would like to do is get another ethernet connection (in other words have 2 or more ethernet sockets available)from the downstairs home plug,would a hub or switch (not sure which?) be the answer or would the only way be to add another homeplug downstairs? Hope this make sense, many thanks in advance RG

A:Solved: Hub or switch to split ethernet?

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I have a curious issue, so I figured I'd see if someone can fix a problem for me for a change.

I recently upgraded to a 35/35 Internet connection. When I connect my computer directly to the router, I get the full bandwidth on a test at However, whenever I use any of my gigabit switches between the computer and the Actiontec MI424WR router, I get much more leisurely upstream connections.

This seems to be some sort of issue with the cheap SOHO switch being throttled by the 100mbit port on the router. Obviously, the gigabit port on my computer seems to be smarter than the gigabit switch ports.

It seems clear that I probably have to replace the switch with a better model, but I don't want to buy a more expensive switch without knowing that it's really going to solve the handshake issue.

Any suggestions or ideas on how to beat this into submission would be appreciated.

Here's the results I'm seeing.
Using SOHO gigabit switch between computer and router (D-Link and Trendnet models tested with identical results);

Direct connection to router.

A:Solved: Ethernet Switch Issue

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I am having a problem with an ethernet switch that is locking up, trying to find the root cause.

The switch is a 16 port, 10/100Mbps, Linksys model EZXS16W. I have three computers connected to it:
Computer "A" is a Windows XP Pro machine running a FTPD server (Guild FTPD).
Computers "B" and "C" are CPU boards in an avionics box, both running VxWorks.

When the avionics box powers up, computers "B" and "C" attempt to communicate with computer "A", both using port 5000. After a few seconds computer "A" reports an error that it is unable to communicate with computer "B".

At this point I tried to ping computers "B" and "C" using computer "A" (ping fails), And tried pinging all three using a fourth computer connected to the switch (also fails). I concluded the switch is locked up. Power cycling the switch restores operation until it locks up again.

I tried two other identical EZSX16W switches (same revision, same firmware) with multiple avionics boxes:
Two of the three switches always lock up when used with the first avionics box.
None of the switches lock up when used with other avionics boxes.
Two D-Link switches do not lock up when used with any avionics box.
None of the switches lock up since I updated software in the first avionics box.
All of the above results are the same if I use another computer "A".

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A:Solved: Ethernet Switch Lockup

I'm not familiar with that switch. But if the customer wants to know why, you would have to do some more exhaustive troubleshooting. The first step is to look at the switch port the problem avionics box is plugged in to. You need a switch that can give you detailed information on what is happening on that switch port. Whether the connection is dropping out of full duplex, if there are collisions, runts, giants, CRC errors, etc, etc. To get that type of information you're looking at fully managed switch. If those don't give you any clues, you'll then have to either connect a hub in line or port mirror that port so you can do packet captures with a sniffer.

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I use a cable internet connection. My previous modem had a "standby" switch, so whenever I left the computer I would set the modem to standby, to prevent hackers from having access.

I just got a new modem (internet and telephone) that has to remain on at all times in order for the phones to work. For now, I've activated my EZ firewall, which I haven't used in the past because it would cause some problems with some apps. But I'd rather just be able to turn the internet access on and off as needed.

Does anyone know if there's such a thing as a manual on/off switch for an RJ45 cable? Seems to me like a rather simple concept.

Thanks to all who reply.

A:Is there a MANUAL SWITCH for an ethernet cable?

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Hi All,

This is driving me crazy at the minute, so I thought I would throw it out to the experts to try and get my sanity back! Here goes...

I have Sky BB (dlink router) and I have been successfully using 4 comtrend homeplugs to share my connection to a spiderbox, sky HD box and HP officejet network printer. I recently had my electricity supplier changing a meter and after he went I found that 2 of the homeplugs had fried - I know they're temperamental so I took it on the chin.

Anyway I have now decided to go a different route and I purchased a Vonets wifi bridge, which works well. My question is this - I have an old Netgear DG834G router and I would like to use this as a network switch so that I can plug my bridge into one of the ethernet ports and draw off from 2 of the other 3 ports to feed my printer and Sky HD box.

I plugged the vonets into port 1 and then a cable to both my printer and my sky box and nothing - then I went into my netgears homepage and disabled DHCP, and hey presto I got a connection on my sky box. I assumed that was that until I tried to print and the printer was not available. I have tried loads of things since - static IP on the printer (I usually have it static anyway as my work laptop doesn't like it otherwise), manually configuring the network on my sky box, changing some of the settings in my netgear router but I cannot get it working. I tried changing the IP adresses on both my printer and sky box to the same as the vonets, ... Read more

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I run an Ethernet cable to my modem for my Windows 10 PC. But unfortunately I have a lot of drop outs where the internet just stops (something I am taking up with my provider) and I have a pocket wifi to use as a back up.

My PC can find the wifi and connect but the only way I can get it to connect is by pulling out the blue Ethernet cable from the actual pc. (When I say connect, I mean it is "connected" already but not in use, the small box appears for the ethernet cable rather than the wifi icon)

I would like to know if there is a way to either run the wifi simultaneously with the Ethernet cable plugged in or if there is a way to "turn off" the Ethernet connection from my pc when it goes down, so that I dont have to keep unplugging it.

I am not very technically minded and am worried if I go into advanced network settings etc that I might not be able to get the Ethernet working again once it is plugged in and back up and running.

Any advice would be appreciated, thanks.

A:How can I switch to WIFI from Ethernet instantly??

You can have both plugged in and still work. Each NIC is assigned a metric and the NIC with the lowest metric will be used. If in your are the wired NIC is still seen as available but in fact it's having problems the computer will still try and use it unless you unplug the cable. If your computer supports a feature called LAN/WLAN switching that may work in your case that may work or may suffer from the same problem in which the wired NIC is still detected as connected and it won't switch. If you are only having an issue with the wired connection why not just stay on wireless?

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I have a long ethernet cable running to my bedroom from the router? can I put a switch on the end of this and then run 2 ethernet cables from the switch to my sky box and android box?

A:can I use a switch to spilt ethernet connection?


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I've set up two routers (one a primary router and the second as an access point to extend my wifi). They are currently in the same room connected together a by 1 metre cable and everything is working fine.
However, I need to move the second router upstairs and trying to replicate the connection between the two routers. The house is wired with network points and cables which all feed into a 24 Port Planet 10/100Mbps Ethernet Switch.
I've located the wall socket/ethernet port number (No. 6) from which the primary room is located and connected and similar the second router in the upstairs room (No. 2).
As its going into an ethernet switch, I thought that should automatic connect routers on the network. However, when I try to access the second router (via WIFI), its not connecting to the internet which is likely because the two routers are no longer connected.
I tested the two sockets (No. 6 and No. 2) with one of those cable testers and I did get a signal on both ends, so not sure what is going on. To my mind, the routers should be connected.
Can anyone help?

A:Connect 2 routers via Ethernet Switch

From your description it should work.
Go back to step one with two routers connected by the 1M cable and double check you get a wifi connection to the internet.
Plug Primary router into wall socket and secondary router into other end of cable, before the switch - check connection.
Recconect switch and plug secondary router to switch with 1M cable - check connection.
Reconnect switch and try secondary router in desired location - check connection.
A bit of hassle but will identify where the connection is failing.

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Hi there,

I currently have a powerline extender/adapter in my lounge which supports two ethernet cables (one into my Sky box and the other into my TV), it's been working fine but now I have an additional device (my pc) which I want to run from this adapter.

I've been told an ethernet switch is the way to go, I've also been told that a splitter is an option. I've read some negative comments on the latter and wanted to gain some informed opinion. As I understand it I could buy a switch and connect this from one of the ports in the adapter, then run the three ethernets from this. Would this work ok?


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i have a router/ modem that has been able to share my internet connection between 4 computers. but i want to increase this number so i got an Netcomm np2005 switch. but now the networks dont seem to interact and the internet does not work on the computers connected to the switch. is it possible to do this or do i need something else to extend my internet sharing>?

A:Router And Ethernet Switch Internet SHaring

ok then yea i seem to meet all the requirements except it cannot detect an ip address on the pcs connected through the switch. and the net still doesnt work when i configure the ip manually? does anyone know what i could do?

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Hi, Im having a ACT Broadband internet connection, he provides internet connection through a wire which runs into my room that can be directly connected to the my computers NIC. Whenever i switch on my computer and opens the browser it first redirects to the page -, where it asks for Username & Password, our ISP gives us a IP Address which displays on the web page after logging in. I want the internet connection to be shared with my roommates so i bought a 8 port Ethernet switch (, which is having a uplink port also. I have connected the wire given by the ISP to the up link port of the switch & i connected my PC to one port of the switch with another network cable. I also connected my friends PC to second port of switch with another network cable, my problem is that when i sign into my ISP web page and start using the internet & my friend also wants internet in his PC & when he opens the browser the ISP's webpage is appearing and when he sign's in internet is disconnecting in my Pc. I tried to change the IP but as a default IP is given by the ISP if change the IP internet is not working. Please provide me a solution.
Here r my Ethernet Switch pictures -

A:How to share Internet connection using ethernet switch ?

I dont think you need to open your ISPs webpage on your second PC, just configure the network settings and put the gateway IP. If that doesn't work, use Windows ICS (Internet Connection Sharing) and configure it using the Network Configuration wizard. See how it goes. What is the windows version you are using ?

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I'm having a problem connecting my Nashutec printer / photcopier to my computer. All was well until I changed to Talk Talk and went wireless for my internet connection.
Previously I connected to the internet via an adsl modem card in my pc but I took this card out and have a wireless connection to a Dlink wireless router. This works OK.
However to install the modem on the pc I had to use an ethernet cable to connect first time. I have only one ethernet plug in the pc connecting to the Intel Pro/100 connection. After the router was set up and I plugged the cable back in for the printer I couldn't connect to it. I get a message saying limited or no connectivity. When I click repair it says it can't because it can't find the IP address.
I'm running XP SP2 Pentium R 240GHz processor with 540MB ram
The autoconfig IP adress I get for the network connection is
The lights are on the Ethernet switch box and the cables seem to be OK as the lights flash at both ends.
has anybody got any suggestions as to how I can get my connection back?

A:Problem connecting printer via ethernet switch

Which modem did you get?
Talk Talk's help page is here:

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Hey, all. For a couple years now, I have been using a 5 -port Linksys Etherfast switch to hook a Panasonic blu ray player & DishNetwork Box to the internet via my home network. I had the switch plugged into a gaming adapter. Worked fine, until I had to replace my router. Was using a Linksys WRT54G router and the switch & router communicated flawlessly.. didn't even have to set it up manually when I first added the switch. Did all this to avoid dropping more wires into my back bedroom.

I upgraded to Cisco (Linksys) E3000 Gigabit router, and the switch will not "talk" to the new router. DHCP's enabled, and both the bluray player & Dish box tried to autoconnect using DHCP.. no dice. Tried several hard resets on all devices mentioned above, even firmware update on the new router. No dice.

So here's my question : do you think it's just an incompatibility question? If I buy an Gigabit ethernet switch, do you think that will fix the communication problem?

I was thinking if you go gibabit to gigabit.. It might be more compatible. I wanted some expert opinions though, before I go dropping another $30-40 on a new switch.

I read about creating ethernet bridges using DD-WRT firmware, but it seems daunting. I am not a complete noob, but it seemed beyond what I wanted to bite off.

Thanks in advance you guys & gals!

A:Solved: Question about using Using an Ethernet Switch with my new Gigabit Router

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i recently built a third computer for my network, added a cable modem, and got what i thought was an unbelievable deal on a linksys ethernet switch (ezxs44 4 port)..... free.
now for the problem: i have an ericsson pipe rider cable modem, 3 linksys lne100tx nic cards, and the ethernet switch. i've treid to connect my machines and the modem through the switch the same way i connected the 2 computers before(pc to pc with cat 5 cable), it didnt work and it locked my system.
basiclly i am asking for somone to tell/show me how to hook everything up so it functions correctly, i've tried to no avail (ive reset all the configurations for the nic card in my main machine and am only running it with the modem (the original windows/roadrunner software configuration). do i have to change the cat 5 wiring diagram?, what seetings should i use on the nic cards?, and what do i do with the cable modem settings.

let me know what you come up with(i'm getting desperate, girlfreind...........MY computer)
thanks again

A:linksys ezxs44 ethernet switch with cable modem

I would think one of your cables is wrong.

check the ends of the cables, make sure the same wire colors are going to the same pins, sounds like you have a crossover cable going from modem to switch.

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Hello everybody, I am in some distress, and would greatly appreciate your help

Here is my set up
Alright so my laptop and PCs (a) and (b) have the access to the internet. however my router sees only these three devices connected, as if my ethernet switch was not connected to the router. My problem is that the switch seems to work sometimes. Vonage is apparently having issues with the network setup so it doesn't work, same with my PS3, however the PC hooked up to the switch as well, sometime has internet and sometimes it doesn't. When it does have internet, Windows Xp pops out saying that there is an IP conflict with another PC on the network and then the connection is out. Any ideas of what is screwing up on my network? Any help would be greatly appriciated.

PS the ethernet switch is made by company Airlink
the modem is made by RCA
and the router is made by Linksys if that helps

A:Solved: ethernet switch possibly not recognized by my router

The exact make/model of the modem, router, and switch would be real useful here.

What you seem to be describing is a flaky switch or cable, not much can affect a simple switch in that manner.

As far as the duplicate IP addresses on the network, that could well be a different issue.

Turn off everything on the network, ALL the machines and any other network device like network printers and NAS drives.
Turn off the router and modem.
Turn on the modem, wait for a steady data light.
Turn on the router, wait two minutes.
Turn on the network devices and computers, one at a time.

This issue is usually caused by resetting a router without resetting all the network connected devices.

Another issue that will cause duplicate IP addresses is assigning static IP addresses to devices that conflict with the router's DHCP address range. If you require static IP addressed devices on the network, they should be configured to be in the same subnet but outside the address range defined for the DHCP server.

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Because of the way my house is set up i have to have an Ethernet switch by my cable modem and then my wireless router is run off of that via a 50 foot ethernet cable. My printer is plugged into the ethernet switch along with my desktop (these are in the basement the router is in the center of the house). My desktop has no problem using the network to print but my laptop will not recognize the printer because it cant find the ip address through the switch. Is there a way to set this up or is my setup not going to work?

A:Sharing files and printers through ethernet switch and router


How is your network setup, Homegroup or Workgroup networking? If you have assigned a static IP to the printer you may manually assigned this IP address when adding the printer from your laptop.
This Tutorial has different options on adding a network printer from your computer.

Please let us know if it works or not.

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I have this major issue with my MSN messenger (on my PC) whenever I connect it to a ethernet switch so I could use it (my PC) with my Laptop, so together both have internet connection.. my MSN messenger works fine and it could sign in easily, but when I disconnect my ethernet switch and connect to just my modem, my MSN messenger says it could not connect to the internet or that there's no internet connection where there is! (I forgot which error code but its well known, I've searched before and it said it could be the anti-virus etc but I have no problems with my anti-virus and programs it monitors). Anyone know how to stop this stupid silly error with Live Messenger?

A:Live Messenger works when I connect it to a Ethernet switch?

Can you ping once you use the modem? You might not be authenticating to the WWW properly and Msn is blinded with connectivity by the modem being unable to do so.

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Anyone know of a good 16 port gigabit switch? Il'd perfer managed but I can live with unmanaged. I want to know pros and cons of any one that is stated and why? We're upgrading a few of our sites and we have old 10/100's unmanaged that are coming out I was thiking about replacing with the same netgear brand were removing but I wanted to do a little homework before deciding.

A:Whats your htought - Gigabit ethernet switch 16 port.

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Hi all,

I was wondering how an Ethernet switch forwards packets of network information. Does it send the packets to all outputs? If so, is it like a hub? Does it know where computers are and only send the packets to the right place? If so how would it know where the computers are?

I've been wondering about this for some time but haven't been able to find the answer.

A:Question: How intelligently does an Ethernet switch forward packets?

A switch manages a database of MAC addresses it uses for routing packets.

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Good afternoon,

I have a networking question.

Can I plug a 5 port Ethernet switch to my DSL modem, connect 2 PCs to the switch, run a cable from the switch to the far end of my house, connect a Wireless n router for WIFI access for my laptop/iPhone and connect another PC, one BluRay player and a couple DirectTV DVRs to the wireless router? Please see attached diagram.

Your help will be greatly appreciated.

Kind regards,


A:Solved: Ethernet Switch/WiFi Router Connectivity

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Hi all i recently turned my second router into an Ethernet switch so that i could port forward a game. I am wondering if this will slow down my internet speed.

Thanks in advance

A:Will a router turned to a ethernet switch slow down internet speed for gaming?

Hello glaucun,

Technically speaking, yes. You've added another "hop" for the packets to have to travel to and from.

But it's not to any degree that you will notice.

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As my PC will be moved upstairs soon where there is no way to get a ethernet cable any more,
I will be forced to go wireless...
I have never wanted it and never used it except on my mothers laptop witch is obviously built-in.
So my experience with wireless stuff is very low...

some fact that may play a role for your comments:
-from PC to modem/router threw the walls will be about 8 yards max.
-there is a chimney in the direct path from PC to modem/router.
-there is barely any metals used in the house although the modem is placed next to the water-main.
-the laptop of my mother never had any issues and is about 2 years old cant tell you the what hardware it used ATM.

Now what I want:
-I want my 6.4 MB/sec speed (other wireless devices dont play any role > mom laptop (80% facebook and 5% mails and 5% searching the web and the rest is youtube lol ; and the smart TV really doesn't do anything except for streaming some video clips very rarely.

- I NEVER want to get disconnected!! not even for a millisecond if you catch my drift.

- I prefer an internal piece of hardware witch I have a PCI slot for with the room. Although I would also like to be able to give internet to multiple PC's or whatever , ya never know ; LAN party for example...
i do realize a switch would suffice but I'll just give you everything because I know there are many ways to go wireless. just dont know crap about them...

- I'm not a millionaire but I dont buy crap so keep that in... Read more

A:Solved: Help! need to switch from ethernet cable to wireless connection to modem/rout

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I need to start by saying I only have a patchy knowledge of networking.

I have been involved in the Networking of a museum with a set of "Show" computers which display video, and for this reason cannot have anti virus installed becuase of the performace hit, and also the risk of pop-ups on the videos. They do however need to be connected to the internet as some are interactive and allow people to send simple emails, and they all need to allow remote support when things go wrong.

It seems the networking was not thought out very well initially, and there is a single wireless router which serves the staff and public on a secured wireless network, but also serves the "Show" machines via a wired connection from one of its ports, which then connects to a master switch which serves the show machines.

Now the wired and wireless is on the same network, and everything shares the same IP subnet (, and this is not a good situation in terms of the securuty of the show machines on the wired network. So I need to work out a way to totally separate the wireless network (which will be very prone to people opening viruses in their emails etc), from the wired network (which will be the show machines which wont be touched by anyone).

I want to achieve this in the simplest and easiest way, and have been reading about the possibility of setting up a second wired router behind the current wireless one, with a different subnet IP address, to which the &q... Read more

A:Creating a secure wired network alongside a wireless network

That's the standard way to protect one set of machines from another, while allowing all to use the same internet access. The reason it works is the NAT layer on the second router--it protects its LAN from the other machines the same way it protects from the big scary internet.

If you are using Windows on the "show" machines try Microsoft Security Essentials. It should not adversely impact performance.

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Hi All,

Getting a strange error with Hyper-V on Windows 8 Pro x64.

When I try and add a virtual switch I get:

Error Applying Virtual Switch Properties Changes
Failed while adding virtual Ethernet switch connections.
Ethernet port '{a bunch of stuff}' bind failed: The data is invalid.

There doesn't seem to be much on google that relates to this (in particular the bind failed: the data is invalid part).

Anyone have a clue what the cause might be?


A:Hyper-V Error Adding Virtual Switch - Ethernet Port Bind Failed

can be many thing, in 3 or 4 years that I'm using Hyper-V I never encounter it, you need some networking knowledge to play with virtual switch, but usually 0x8007000D error are due to files corruption or permissions, try to run hyper-v management as admin.

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I'm building a subscription wifi network for our area.

Cisco Aironet 1550 series:
Proxim Orinocor series:

The Proxim seems like the better product, and sells for a bit less.

Will I need to purchase anything else besides several of these for the network? I'm assuming the 'home' router connects to a PC (or the PC via the gateway address) for managing the network.

Thanks allot for your insight.

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So I have 4 computers connected into a gigabit switch,
If I drop power to the switch, all 4 computers' ethernet connections (obviously) go offline.
When I power the switch back on, I would expect, after a few seconds, that they would pick up their connections again.
One of the machines does this, the other 3 get themselves stuck in a state where they think they're online, but can't access anything on the network, and don't respond to pings.
If I disable/reenable the adapter, then do ipconfig /rel /ren
they start working again.
But I'm scratching my head trying to work out why 1 machine is fine, and 3 aren't. They are the same exact hardware (and cost $US3800 each)
and have the same windows image on them...

??? Also note that they are on DHCP with reservations.

Any ideas would be cool. thanks!

A:Some workstations network connections don't recover after network switch outage

When the switch comes back up, do these machines still have valid IP addresses, or do they switch to 169.x.x.x APIPA addressing? Also, if you hard-code IP address information (rather than rely on DHCP) as a test, do the machines all network properly after the switch drop and re-up?

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Just put XP Home on 2 computers. One with 128MB and the other 512. I just plugged everything into the new router and the pc w/ 512 works instantly, but the other says that it cannot assign or renew a network addy for the computer. Ran the wizard on both computers, still says limited or no connectivity, and the other error mssg. Any help is a big help. Thanks. Silvertip

A:Ethernet Router, 2PC's XP H. = Network Did Not Assign A Network Addy to the Comp.???

Are you sure the router is connected properly? Good cables?

Let's see this on the working computer and for the non-working one.

Start, Run, CMD to open a command prompt:

Type the following command:


Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter.
Paste the results in a message here.

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I am trying to figure out why windows 7 thinks there is a network switch in my home network. I have every computer in the house, setup to the same Workgroup as well as the same Homegroup. Can you please help me figure out why Windows thinks there is a network switch in front of my xbox 360 and one of my desktop computers. I am using DIR655 newest firmware router.



A:Windows 7 Network Map Can't Figure Out Why There is a Network Switch

Quote: Originally Posted by Shawzborne


I am trying to figure out why windows 7 thinks there is a network switch in my home network. I have every computer in the house, setup to the same Workgroup as well as the same Homegroup. Can you please help me figure out why Windows thinks there is a network switch in front of my xbox 360 and one of my desktop computers. I am using DIR655 newest firmware router.



This is a common problem with the network map in Windows 7 and it's nothing to worry about. I have the same router by the way.

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Our internet service provider updated our internet speed from 100mbps to 1000mbps for no extra cost. We had a Netgear n150 wireless router but it wouldn't support the 1000mbps speed. We were told we needed to upgrade to a r6300 netgear router which is capable of 1000mbps. Now were are told we need to install an ethernet PCI network card or a network adapter. I am told we have to have a 2.0 port for the network adapter to work. It would be cheaper for us to install the internal Ethernet PCI Card, my problem is I don't know which one to buy. I know we need one that is rated 1000mbps, are these universal or will we have to buy one that fits each brand of computer?

A:Wireless Network Adapter or Ethernet PCI Network Card

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I have gotten blue screen of death and i'm just trying to find things that could be wrong. i stumbled across this unknown file in my device manager, and it is saying unknown and not allowing me to update the driver, Hoping anyone can help. I use a Belkin wireless router, but i have my internet through an Ethernet cord into my computer.
Thank you.

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Inserting Ethernet Cord Does Not "Automatically" switch connection to ethernet.

This is the trouble I have to go through whenever I insert my ethernet cord:
I have to go to network and sharing center

Then I have to click change adapter settings

Finally, I have to disable wireless network access for direct connection.

I am wondering if there is some type of setting that I can check for on my

Windows 7 OS to automatically enable the described function I want (which

should already be enabled, unfortunately it is not).
Not that these details really matter, but I have an Alienware m14xr2, but...
OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate

6.1.7601 pack 1 build 7601

BIOS Version/Date Alienware A09, 6/29/2012

Installed physical memory (ram I assume) says 12gb, with 9.44gb available, which is strange because I have 16gb of ram!

Available Virtual Memory 21.1gb

System Type x64-based PC
Thank You for the help in the future!

A:Inserting Ethernet Cord Does Not "Automatically" switch connection....

Hi Sean, if you do this Wireless Setting.pdf before powering on your pc, it will work.

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(Hope I've placed this in the correct Forum- it was either here in "Networking" or "Hardware"- if thread belongs elsewhere, would appreciate a suggestion as to where- thanks)

Installed new Netgear FA-312 Nic in a Dell Dimension as part of a DSL connection.. After physical installation of the card, PC booted-up and following error message received...."RESOURCE CONFLICT PCI NETWORK CONTROLLER".....including......"BUS:00....DEVICE:0E....FUNCTION:00".

Went ahead and entered sytem to desktop. PnP DID recognize the card but I elected not to do installation given error message received @ boot-up. Went into "System Information" to "conflicts" and "Problem Devices". The same conflict was noted as follows...."Device - IRQ HOLDER FOR PCI STEERING...

I've never had an occasion to correct a problem in this area and I'm totally out of my element here and don't have a clue what to do- would appreciate any and all help!

Many thanks in advance-

A:New Network Card creating "Resource Conflict" (PCI Network Controller)


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i share internet through a wireless connection, i want to create a network between the computers that share the connection...we all have windows xp, but the windows network never seems to work right? is there any alternatives? easier way to do things?

A:creating a network

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ok i have 2 computers that both have wireless one a Belkin pci card and the other a usb linksys wireless network adapter, id like to get the computers to recognize each other but not lose connection to the main router is this possible?

A:creating a network

This is print/file sharing(PFS). Once ALL systems have internet access AND
each one can ping the other (run->cmd /k ping $others-ip-address),
then it's a matter of seting up PFS.

Edited by Moderator: Removed quote. There`s no need to quote the post directly above your own.

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im very good with computers in all areas except for networking, so this is where i need your help. we have two computers in our house. one that runs windows 95 and the other that runs windows 98. the 98 came preinstalled with a networking card and i installed the 95's networking card. is there any way that i can connect these two computers together via a network without using some sort of central hub that i commonly see used in networks? what i mean is can i take a networking cable (please specify which one i should use) and plug the two together to establish a network? are there any system requirements of each system to do this? what about software? any help is very much appreciated. thanks.

A:help creating a network

You just need a cat5 crossover cable to connect the nics directly.

Here is a guide for installing the protocals

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I am using an apple macbook laptop using the mac OS X opperating system and wish to set up a new network using the same router as my 'rents use for their network. Anyway, I need to know if it is possible to have two networks from the same internet connection and router? If so, how do I do it? and i am not the most computer savvy person, so go easy on the technical stuff if you can...if not, no biggie, i will figure it out! THANK YOU!

A:need help creating a network

If your parents control the router that's their prerogative.

We can't help you bypass parental or admin restrictions.

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Hi ,

I have 5 pc and i want to connect them so i can transfer files and print things whith my Lexmark1200,i would like also internet for these five pc .How can i connect them ,what tools&hardware do i need .
So i have:
5 PC
1 Printer

What do i need else?

A:Creating a Network

I'm guessing you want Internet all around, so you need a broadband router. Since most SOHO routers have four ports, you'll probably also need a plain Ethernet switch to expand the ports to handle more than four connected devices.

If the printer is a USB only printer, you can connect it to one of the systems and share it, or add a network print server that will support it directly for all machines.

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I am a total dunce when it comes to networking -- it's just something I've always had trouble with, though I'm pretty good with most other aspects of computers....

My question/dilemma/goal is this:

I have a DSL service (Bellsouth - Extreme) and a DirecTV HD-DVR. I want to be able to connect the DVR to the internet for OnDemand service. If I understand properly I can accomplish this with my DSL modem. The problem is the modem I have (Westell) only has the 1 ethernet port. Can I manually switch this to use it with the DVR? can I use an ethernet switch and connect both that way? or do I have to get a new DSL modem/router that has existing additional ports built in?
I saw that there is another option called a powerline connection, but wouldn't I still have the same circumstance with the actual modem/router connection?

A:Creating a network

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Sorry if this is the wrong place to be asking this, but how can I create a network drive that multiple things can connect to? Right now, I have file and media sharing turned on with the laptop as where the files are stored, but I can't access them on other devices if it's in sleep mode. Is there a way to create a drive that will stay active even when the laptop isn't? No new hardware would be appreciated, budget's kind of tight right now.

Also, I know next to nothing about networking. I'm happy to have my Xbox 360 play music and videos from my laptop.

A:Creating a network drive?

If a computer is in sleep mode than the hard drive isn't running and the computer isn't access the network so no it can't be accessed by other systems while it is asleep you can however get an external drive designed for network access. As for file sharing please see this tutorial.

File Sharing - Turn On or Off

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i have my main laptop connected to the internet via my router, i also have other wireless pcs in my household which connect to the same router

how can i link the computers together as one of the computers has a printer which i wish to print on


A:creating a home network help?

What operating systems are we using ?

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Hello all,

I am new to the forum and I want to thank you all for taking the time to read this and for any help you may be able to provide. I consider myself fairly computer savvy, but I will be the first to admit, I know little about creating networks. I will provide the most details I can and see where this goes.

I am in need of creating a small business network for 4 computers and 3 printers. All systems are running some form of Windows 7. We have specific software that we are required to use to operate our business, and in need of using this software on at least 2, but ideally 3 of the computers that will be connected to this network. The internet source is cable internet from our local cable provider, CassComm. The internet CAT6 ethernet cable comes into the building and goes into a Netgear N300 Wifi Router. It then splits two two different computers, but I will be adding two additional computers to it soon, along with an iPad. All connections, with the exception of the iPad, will be wired connections. I already have the cables in place and have a Netgear switch on the way from Again, excuse my lack of knowledge, but I assume I need to make one of these computers a "server". The newest computer is the one I would like to be the server and to store the database that this software requires. The software we are running is Martech Systems WinFair Management. Their website address is Blue Ribbon Software According to their instructions... Read more

A:Need help creating TCP/IP Network with Windows 7

If you have a router then you likely are already using a tcp/ip network because that is the default. As for setting up specialized software you should work with their tech support.

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I have a SimpleTech external hard drive, as well as a Motorola SGB940 router. The router has a USB B port in the back of it.

I was wondering, if I plugged my hard drive into that USB port, would it be accessible throughout my network?


A:Creating a network drive?

From what I am able to dig up from (the Modems website) that usb port is really only for computers (since it requires drivers and such) so sorry to say that no, what you are asking would not work.

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Hello, i just needed some advice from an experienced person.
In my home, we have 1 pc and a laptop. My laptop is always in a different room than the pc.

Were about to get dsl, and I've never actually set this stuff up myself. Its funny cause this is what i want to do with my life. But i only just started school. I only just started my first networking class. Soooo.

What would be the best way to get my laptop the dsl we are getting. In one room we will have the modem and the pc connected Im assuming its a ethernet modem not a usb. I think the best way to have my laptop share this would be a wireless router, but I am curious about how much speed you lose using wireless connection instead of a direct connection. Would it really be noticable?

Running wires wouldnt be that horrible since im in the next room. I would just really like to get the most out of the dsl. Any suggestions? would i really see a difference in speed wirelessly from the next room? Call me greedy but i want what its capable of

Its always good to get a little input first before going out buying the equipment. Thanks

A:need advice on creating a network

If you don't yet know what modem, or modem/router, or modem/wireless router you will get with the DSL service (if you are going to use theirs) you best not buy until you know exactly what you are dealing with.

With wireless your actual data transfer maxes out at about half the nominal rate. So for 802.11g 54Mbps you'll actually get no more than ~27Mbps. If you are going to be copying large files between PCs you may want to use ethernet for that. Doubt that you'll get a DSL connection with anywhere near a bandwidth that will be restricted by Wi-Fi.

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ok i wanna learn how to create a domain for my home network. i know i can create a workgroup and all that good stuff but i want a domain so i can control file access, permissons and eveything else...

this is what i know i need

Windows Server Ed.
All Comps running Xp pro
a computer that is always on to be the domain authenticator
this is my problem. when i try to install Server ed 2003 on my win xp pro computer it says it cannot be upgraded from xp. what should i do?

if someone could help me install server ed 2003 i would be very grateful.

A:Creating a network Domain with win xp

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Hi Gurus,
I have good knowledge of computers but not in the administrator level. I have one PC(XP) and one laptop (Vista Premium). I have wireless router to connect to internet but my PC is connected wired to the router but laptop internet access is wireless.

I would like to create home network and I am unable to do so with my knowledge in this domain. Can some one please let me know how to access other machine from each other.

I am able to ping my desktop from laptop but not the other way round.

Thanks in advance!

A:Help creating home network

"I am able to ping my desktop from laptop but not the other way round."

That's the first thing you want to fix. You have a 3rd party firewall on the laptop that is blocking your LAN access.

Following is the wizard way to enable file and printer sharing on XP.

Run the Network Setup wizard (found in Control Panel of XP). Tell it each of your computers connects to the internet via "residential gateway" and that you want to enable file and printer sharing. Create a disk at the end only if you have a Windows PC other than XP or 2k Pro or Vista.

Windows XP firewall (if SP2) will be properly configured by the wizard. You must uninstall or properly configure any 3rd party firewalls on each machine. Unique computer names and same workgroup, of course.

The Shared Documents folder is automatically shared. Any other folders (or drives) or printers you want to share, just right click on them and sharing ... . When sharing a printer, accept the offer to load other drivers if your other PCs have different Operating System(s).

When you first go into My Network Places there will be nothing there. The first time you click on 'View Workgroup computers' will probably result in great disappointment. It takes awhile (20 minutes or so) before all the computers in the workgroup get up-to-date and accurate lists of the other computers. Often you can speed up this process via Search for other computers.

When computers show up in My Network Places, double click... Read more

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A friend and I recently bought Fight Night Round 2 for Playstation 2 with the intent of playing each other online. When it wouldn't work I found out as of August 1st EA Sports was no longer offering a server for this game. Is there a way can connect the two over the internet and play the game together without the EA Sports server?

A:Creating own network for Playstation 2

You could always run a CATV cable all the way to his house..

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I would like to network 2 to 4 computers. All are running WinXp except for one. It will be running Win2k. Is it possible to network two computers that are running two different operating systems?

I have setup a network before but do not remember the details nor if it actually worked very well.

Once the computers are networked, can anything on any of the computers be shared?

Finally, where do I start?

Thank you for all your help.

A:creating a small network

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There are various was to get connected to the Internet. The folks at Dslreports have
created a site which shows you graphically what each network looks like
and the cabling necessary for each.
see various topologies here

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Hello all,
I'm currently helping someone setup a network between two computers (one Windows XP Home and one Windows ME) using a very cheap Kingston hub. The XP computer accesses the Internet through a dial-up connection. I'm trying to a) help them share files with each other, b) help them share a printer (connected to the Windows ME machine), and c) allow Windows ME to access the dial-up connection through the Windows XP machine.

Here's what I've done so far: I physically connected the two computers using 2 ethernet cables and the hub. I've enabled sharing on both computers, set the files that need to be shared, and added the TCP/IP protocol to both NICS in the LAN properties. I'm not sure what other protocols need to be running on the Windows ME machine for this to work (if there needs to be more)

I've run the network wizard on both machines, specifying the type of network and establishing a common domain name (MSHOME). I've run the network wizard on both computers because from the Windows XP machine, I'm unable to create a network disk for the Windows ME machine (the XP machine doesn't have a floppy disk drive) AND because of that, I can't use the Windows ME network disk either. So I just ran the wizard for both machines and said that it doesn't have to create a network disk.

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A:Creating a network using a standard hub

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Just like we connect two PCs using Ethernet port, I want to connect two PCs over WIFI. I am not talking about homegroup just to share files or folders. I want to share the whole computer and I will be using IP command to access connected computer <\\ip address>.

Is the solution adhoc network?
What are the security requirements to create such a connection?

A:Creating network over WIFI

Yes it's basically AdHoc or a hosted wireless network. You can set one up manually or use the connectify software which is easier to set up and can be made to connect on start up rather than setting it up manually each time.

The Internet, Faster - Connectify Hotspot and Dispatch

Windows 7 Tip of the Week: Use Wireless Hosted Networking to Share An Internet Connection Wirelessly | FAQ/Tip content from Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows

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I'm planning on making a small home network, and need some advice.

I am on a 2mbps Cable Connection in the UK, with a Cable Modem.

I am hoping to set up a small LAN between 2 computers. I have a budget of no more than £50.

I will need a router, a 3m cable for pc 1, and a 10m cable for PC 2.

Can anyone suggest where i can get this for prices under £50, shipping to the UK, and accepting Visa Electron or Paypal (maybe mastercard, but hopefully not) ?

Thanks in advance

A:Advice on Creating a Network

I am assuming that you are on NTL or telewest, with their standard cable modem which has the RJ45 connection?

If so, then you should be able to use dsl/cable router which works out at about £32, it comes with a 3m patch cable, so all you will need then is a ten metre patch cable, and the necessary Network cards, if not already installed

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Hello, I'm new to these forums. Me and my friends have in mind a small project that we wish to bring to terms but we're having a bit of trouble with it. We hope some of you can give us advice and help on the matter.

What we want to do:

Being game enthusiasts, we want to create a wireless network so that we can play lan games from the comfort of our home. Our ISPs have placed caps on some of our internet connections preventing us from downloading/uploading too much and hence, we would like to set up this wireless network to make it work.


Well, we originally thought about setting up a wifi router but the problem with it is that we all live at a 300m radius from where the router could be placed. Wifi wouldn't allow us to get past 100m outdoors or so we've been led to believe.

We lack the information on how to boost the range or an alternative for a wireless network.


well, we were hoping you could help us out on this one.

A:Creating a Wireless network

theres a few things you could try,
1st thing i would have really done though would have been to buy a long range signal router that gave roughly 500m range of wi-fi signal.

However you could still do this OR

for starters make sure you have your router in a decent position in the house with minimal interfierance. e.g. out of the way of cordless phones, brick or plaster walls, and definately micorwaves.
This will let your signal go a little further

You should be able to buy replacement antenna's for your router depending on the type of router it is, in order to boost your range. Replacements can be quite easy to find, especially online and extremely easy to replace

Alternitively you could add a bi-directional signal amplifier. otherwise known as a two way signal booster, attaches to router where antenna normally attaches.

Last but not least you could get yourselves a wi-fi repeater. Generally its a strategically placed range expander. Place it within range of original router and it expands the range sending data from that little bit further out back and forth from the router.

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I am currently studying for the Windows XP 70-270 exam. As such I want to build a 2 computer home network so that I can use it to do with as I please.

This is what I'm looking at:

Computer 1 will run Server 2003. This will enable me to immediately begin my studies for the 70-290(2k3 server exam) immediately afterwords and also can assist with my studies for 70-270. I have Server 2003 installed and running on this computer.

Computer 2 will run Windows XP Pro. I have it installed and running.

These computers will not connect to the internet so I don't need to worry about that. To that end I have a Linksys 5 port switch to connect them to each other. As well, I also have a 4 port KVM so these computer will be using the same keyboard, mouse and monitor.

My problem is that I'm having trouble getting the two computers to see each other.

I have set up the Server as a DHCP server. According to the DHCP Server status, it is active. I have it assigned to a scope ranging from to .

However the IP Address of the server computer is 169.254.x.x obviously this is APIPA kicking in. The same holds true on the Client PC. I went throught the wizard for DHCP and am pretty sure I set it up all right. But I am obviously overlooking something.

Also, I plan on making the server computer a domain. I've turned it into a PDC called:

And for that I think I will need to set up the Server as a DNS server as well for this to work. Onc... Read more

A:Creating a tiny network: need help

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i have a linksys wireless G modem running on windows xp. how do i configure it so that i am the on computer able to connect to the modem?

A:creating a private network

See if this tutorial helps your understanding of networking . .

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Hi, i would like to hook up both my PC (with Home XP) and my mac laptop (Mac OS X Panther) together on a network, i have tried to do this before, but i failed at it, i have a Linksys router, but i dont think i configured it proply for using it, but thats another topic.

Anyways, i was wondering if i could do this, or is it possible? im clueless with home networking.

I would like it to be able to transfer files from one to the other, and possibly have chat, if its possible.

Also, i have cable modem with 1megabit connection, (i think my isp is ripping me off, but thats another topic.)

Thanks in advance.

A:Creating a home network with a Mac and a PC??

hello B1u3

What you propose to do is most definitely possible "connecting the two computers, XP and OS X panther" as panther has a built in window sharing option.

These days routers don't need configuring as they tend to self manage down stream and upstream.

What you do need to do, is share a drive on the PC, knowing the user name and password, then on Panther, go to the preference panel in the dock/networking/go in to file sharing and enable window sharing, the pc wont see the mac, but the mac will see the PC.

I hope that helps, As I don't have the mac in front of me, neither will I for at least another 2 weeks, I cant be more specific, all I can tell you that I have set this up at work, and we happily share files with the receptionist computer...


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I have a HP Officejet Pro L7680 printer that a ethernet capabilities. I am
able to print wirelessly without any problems. It has a scan feature that
allows me to send scanned items to a network folder. When I go to My Network
Places in Windows Explorer on my Dell Inspirion laptop running Windows XP SP2 I see my network workgroup name. When I click on it I receive the following error:
"you might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the
administrator of this server to find out if you have access permissions"

My intention is to create a folder on that network so that the HP printer
knows where to store my scanned images. Please let me know if this is not

Other than checking my firewall settings is there anything else I need to
check so I can open my network workgroup without any issues?

Currently the laptop is not networked to any other computers.

Thank you for looking.

A:Creating a folder on a network

"Other than checking my firewall settings is there anything else I need to
check so I can open my network workgroup without any issues?"

In your connection properties (Network Connections - right click on your connection - Properties) 'Client for Microsoft Networks' needs to be installed and probably 'File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks' also needs to be installed.

Make sure the following services are running (Control Panel - Administrative Tools - Services). The Startup Type on my machine is 'Automatic' except for the one indicated.

Computer Browser
DHCP Client
DNS Client
Network Location Awareness (Startup Type 'Manual')
Remote Procedure Call (RPC)

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I need help creating a home network. I have made a basic diagram of what I'd like, if it's possible.. I'm confused on what equipment to use, and if it will even work.

I have a Gateway 2Wire modem connected to the internet in Room 1. I have a computer running Windows Vista connected to that modem via ethernet cable, and I can connect my MacBook (Os X Leopard), iPod, and iPhone 4s to it wirelessly also.

In Room 2 I have an Xbox 360, Dish Network receiver, and a Philips Blu-Ray player that I would like to connect to the internet via ethernet cables.

The problem is that there is a long distance between Room 1 and Room 2, since Room 1 is in the first floor and Room 2 in the second floor. So running ethernet cables will be a pain!

Anyone know how i can make it work so that I can have the modem connect to another device wirelessly that will provide several ethernet ports?! (As picture shows)

A:Creating a Home Network

thats the setup I have and I'm using a wireless range extender
the model i have has been superseded Edimax EW-7209APg
It looks like this is a replacement - although I have not used personally

I have a linksys WAG320N which is on floor 1 and has wireless and Printer / desktop USB Media Server connected
and then the wireless extender on ground floor with a TV/Bluray/PVR/PS3 all connected by ethernet to the wireless extender

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Hi all

I'm trying to set up a network for a friends small office so we can share files between each of the computers.

i have tried to do it through the workgroup but with no luck as some can see the other machines and some cant so it driving me nuts.


Thompson wireless Router

laptop with Windows 7
laptop with Windows Vista
laptop with Windows XP SP2

Can anyone help me set them up so they can see each of the other 3 computers and i can click that computer name and see its shared folders/files.

I have set the network discovery to on in W7 & Vista and and ran the network wizard in XP

At the moment the vista and W7 machine can see each other but i get and error saying cannot access //(computer name)

with the W7 and XP machines i can send a file when i type in the ip address (//192.168.1.?) into the W7 search bar but the XP computer is not shown in the network folder

And i didn't try with the mac as dunno anything about them that much

Any help would be appreciated


A:Creating a network with multiple OS

Make sure all your Windows computers use the same named for the Workgroup. Also, you may need to turn on some legacy file sharing for the XP computer name to be found.

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I want to create a network between 3 computers that I have in my house:
-1 Laptop
-2 PCs
Laptop and one of the PCs is connected to internet by wireless connection
Other Computer is like a main PC that transforms a signal to other two
so how could I make a simple shearing network that I could use 1 printer by all 3 computers.

A:[Help] Creating a Network Between Computers

This TCP/IP Home Networking and File Sharing Tutorial should get you started.

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