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A simple LAN Query

By ulhaskanade ·
Hi Guys/Gals

I am trying to setup a lan at my place between 2 pcs. I have got 1 main PC and other secondary pc which i use sometime for taking backups.

my setup configuration is

secondary pc temporarily connected to main pc by crosswire cat5 cable (2meter in length).
ADSL cat5 cable temporarily connected to main pc (1m in length).

only one of them is connected to main pc at a time as per the need of internet or backup.

i want to get rid of these frequent changing of the cables with my main pc.


one solution is get 3 way Ethernet Splitter Extender/coupler (all 3 females) unit to reconnect the setup in which i need not disconnect any cat5 cables and my main pc will have connection to both adsl and second pc simultaneously depending upon which i turn on ( ADSL or second pc).

now experts have to advice me on this scheme

if it will work and won't damage any parts/pc/ports under any circumstances.

i am thinking to connect ADSL CAT wire and secondary pc's cat wire in the 2 adjecent ports of the splitter. will connect the remaining port directly to my main pc by other cat5 cable (straight wired) a sort of Y shaped configuration.

Q1. will this scheme work successfully??

Q2 if i can keep on both ADSL and the second pc ON simultaneously and do file transfer to second pc as well as do surfing without damaging anything??

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It Depends

by oldbaritone In reply to A simple LAN Query

Depending on what you mean, the "3-way extender/splitter/coupler" is probably just an ethernet switch. That might be what you need, or not. They're cheap, anyhow.

Some ADSL boxes have a built-in router that will allow more than one connection at a time.

If that's the case, when you plug everything in, both PCs will have internet access, and they will get separate addresses. You should be able to find each other using network browse in that case.

If your ADSL is a one-connection only box, just get a cheap router instead of the switch, like a 4-port router. Plug the WAN port into the ADSL and the PC's into LAN ports. You'll need to re-boot everything including the ADSL box when you do this. Again, both PCs would get internet access, and you should be able to share files between them using network browse.

Of course, sharing assumes that you have set it up correctly and the firewall ports are open properly on both machines. That's probably the case if you're already able to share files with a crossover cable, but it may require some configuration.

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I Would

by mamies In reply to A simple LAN Query

Just Purchase a Switch of some sort and just have all the devices connected to it. All devices will have internet access and all PC's will be able to access each other if you set them up correctly.

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Simple reply to simple query

by santeewelding In reply to A simple LAN Query

I do it with a simple four-port Linksys router downstream of the modem.

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