Please help me with networking!!

By jomoal99
May 11, 2007
  1. I am new to networking, am trying to network 2 computers to gether. I ave already got the x-over cable and all the nics are working, under network places ( windows xp) the bride connection and the area connection is shown.
    Now what, how do i then access data or the internetin the first pc from the other pc.
    please help i ahve been on this for days
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    It is way too complex, or detailed, to write out for you here.
    You can find a number of advisory guides online with a Google search. There are excellent instructions in both Windows XP and Windows Vista.
    Also, if you live in a city, there are several excellent magazine-like publications on good magazine racks for $6.95 to $12.00. has (or had) a very good and free installation guide on their site.
    Or you can get a good new or used copy of Networking for Dummies from and other places. That publication is very helpful.
    I have just reviewed all the instructions for networking two computers on Windows XP. Those instructions are all you really need.
    As aways, it is always easy once you figger it out. Until you figger it out, it is incomprehensible.
    Good luck. Let us know how it all turned out.
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,131   +983

    you describe a setup like this
    modem ---systemA ----systemB

    first, get systemA correct -- see this this post

    to get access for systemB, you need to activate ICS on systemA, which
    will require it to have TWO NIC cards, one to the modem and the other to systemB.
    Now if you have to purchase another NIC card, DON'T -- get a router instead
    and then you will have something like
    modem ---router ----systemA
    and you will be MUCH happier and find the setup easier to manage.

    ONCE all system have internet acces, you then configure File/Print sharing
    (search this site for that topic).
  4. jomoal99

    jomoal99 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thax so much , you 've made it alot more clearer than anything have rad so far in books an d on the net. and furtunatly i actually have 2 nics and claer about connection A to B, but how to you do from A to Modem- should does choice "that the computer conncts to the inetrnet directly" on the ICS represent the A-modem connection.
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