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By qamarhussain2003 ·
i am planning to connect 3 home pcs. Can anyone please tell me how i can assisgn IP addresses.

Also why does ethernet use MAC addresses to communicate when we have IP addresses

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How do you plan to hook them up?

by Mr.Wiz In reply to home networking

Your best bet is to use a router, especially if you want them to all access the Internet. MAC addresses are a hardware level identifier. IP addresses can change easily. A MAC address/IP address combination makes the machine unique.

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ICS

by stephen.e.wilson2 In reply to home networking

Assign IP Addresses using the Private Address space.

Share your connection using NAT/ICS

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Easy

by rkuhn In reply to home networking

Begin by going to your favorite local electronics store. Buy a router.

In the US, a "good" home quality router is $50 or less. That will include lots of functionality right out of the box and is super easy to configure.

Virtually all home routers include not just the routing function but also essentially a switch that allows you to connect up to 4/8/16 PC's, DHCP (assigning IP addresses), firewall, DDNS (for dynamic IP addresses), wireless capabilities, etc.

The easiest way is to let the router assign your IP addresses to your 3 PC's automatically. Alternatively, you can assign static IP addresses (addresses that don't change).

Anyways, buy yourself a router and read the instructions. Trust me, you'll be up and running in no time and the instructions aren't very technical. Millions of people buy these every year.

D-Link even has a emulator on their website, dlink.com, that allows you to see all the screens of their various products and play around. The emulator is very cool for someone new to this.

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To answer your questions....

by Why Me Worry? In reply to home networking

Q: i am planning to connect 3 home pcs. Can anyone please tell me how i can assisgn IP addresses.

A: You can use Internet Connection Sharing in Windows or buy a broadband router which should have DHCP built in.

Q: Also why does ethernet use MAC addresses to communicate when we have IP addresses

A: MAC addresses are physical hardware addresses that define network intefaces at Layer 2 of the OSI, also known as the Data Link Layer. IP addresses are logical addresses which are on Layer 3 of the OSI, also known as the Network layer. IP addresses are mapped to MAC addresses and are stored in a table on every network device known as the ARP (Address Resolution Protocol) table. Every network device on a network is truly identified with its MAC, because an IP address can change, the MAC will never change because it is universally unique and burned into the ROM by the manufacturer.

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An even better suggestion

by rpatton In reply to To answer your questions. ...

If you feel uncomfortable with all of jargon and just want it to work, Here is a sure fire solution that's guaranteed to work every time and you do nothing!!

If you are using a cable company or Telephone company (Digital Service Line DSL), why not LET THEM DO THE WORK!!

Normally they will supply the equipment and connect it up for you, some will even arrange for pulling the net work cable as well.

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CTRL&C - CTRL&V

by NOW LEFT TR In reply to To answer your questions. ...

All that the last reply was.

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Hardware Address

by ashoka_baghel In reply to home networking

It's Req. b,coz of hardware communication.

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