What is the easiest and cheapest way to network 2 home computers

seangtz's Avatar, Join Date: Jun 2008
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Well, I have got 2 comps one is a dual pent 3 cpu server with windows 2000 the other is a reg pent 4 with windows xp. I wish to connect them both not for internet just for file sharing and playing games,what is the easiest & cheapest way to do this........... I am a noob so could some one explain this to me like i'm a retard without any jargon keep it plain a simple.....thnx
xpi0t0s's Avatar, Join Date: Aug 2004
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If they both have ethernet sockets on the mainboard (many do) just get a crossover ethernet cable and link the two directly.
If it's for games though sooner or later you're bound to want to expand it so a 4-way hub with two cables for your computers and a couple of spares for friends can be had cheaply.
Ethernet cards are not expensive since there are so many of them floating around. So if you haven't got ethernet built in then get 2 cards and either the box or the xover cable. Make sure you get a driver disk, my experience of buying stuff without driver disks is that they just don't work.
SpOonWiZaRd's Avatar, Join Date: May 2007
Know what you can do.
Ethernet is the cheapest you can go. Its a stable and mature technology with concurrent data transfer rates.