Hooking 2 computers together in the house

By craigdexter1
Jan 26, 2006
  1. Help a newbie out. How can I hook 2 computers in the same house together so that my kids can play head to head on some of there games? I hope theres a wireless way!
  2. FireDoc

    FireDoc TS Rookie


    I have been doing networking for quite awhile now (10years or so) on Win95, Win98SE and WinXPhome. If you need some help I would need to get information about your computers, what type of network card they have and do you have a router, hub or switch.

    I'll be on the forum throughout the night.

  3. craigdexter1

    craigdexter1 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 63

    I only have one computer now, I will get the info for that one...

    Basiclly, could you give the operation a rundown for me with the components needed for it to work and I will research the rest.

    I will have the other box in about 2 months.

  4. FireDoc

    FireDoc TS Rookie

    connecting two computers together is very simple. If you do not need internet on them it is even more simple.

    follow this link:

    you will need two wireless network cards - for ease of installation and TOTAL compatibility make sure they are the same make and model.

    You will create a two computer wireless system call AdHoc - where computers talk directly one to the other. This will not work if you have more than two.

    If more than two, you will need a router with wireless capabilites. Something like LinkSys WRT54G. Again, for easy and TOTAL compatibility, be sure they are the same make and compable models. You can add a router later at anytime. All you would need to do is change your network structure from AdHoc to Infrastructure.

    Wireless cards: $15 to $75 each
    Wireless router: $80 and up

    All the rest of the stuff you would need is software that is already built in to Windows. NOTE: windows XP is troublesome to connect with windows 98. But it can be done.

    Hope this helps you out.

  5. craigdexter1

    craigdexter1 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 63

    Yes--- Very helpful! Thanks so much.

    BTW... with a user name of 'Firedoc' Are you a firefighter/paramedic?
  6. FireDoc

    FireDoc TS Rookie

  7. craigdexter1

    craigdexter1 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 63

    Thanks for the info. I've been doing a little research myself and have found alot on the net.

    Currently I use the net at work but my kids are pestering me to have it at home. It will come soon!

    The reason I ask your profession is that I am a firefighter medic and 'Firedoc' would fit. Thanks again!
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