LAN help

By brianbrian
Aug 26, 2006
  1. ok, i have 3 computers, 2 windows xp desktop and 1 windows xp laptop, i would like to get LAN for them but i have no clue where to start, i saw i needed a router but i dont know what else it needs, please help
  2. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,415

    Hi Brian

    If your aim is to connect them just for file sharing then you need a Hub not a router, you only need a router if you plan on having an internet connection.

    Microsoft has a good guide here,

    Its a simple case of plugging the PC's into the hub using a straight through RJ45 cable then following the guide above.

    If however you want to share the internet then you need a router, these are sometimes a little tricky to set up correctly and not something I would expect a novice to do, however some routers do have a nice little setup routine that does it all for you, I think it was a Linksys that had that, where as my Belkin was a little bit of a pain to set up.

    However once again Microsoft has a good guide here.

  3. brianbrian

    brianbrian TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i want to hook them up because i want to play a demoderby game wit my buds, do i have to be on the internet?
  4. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    router will be faster connection
    most routers are firewalled
    so if your bud has a bug on his / hers machine it have hard time getting to other machines

    I choice router
    don't play games don't know if your game needs a wan connection
    but still need a hub got a new one free just pay shipping
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