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By jmwill ·
I have a new Dell desktop computer and a new Compaq Laptop. They both came with preinstalled ethernet cards. I have had the Dell hooked up to the cable modem and decided that I would network them so my roommate and I could both use the Highspeed connection. I bought a Hub and cables and followed instructions to the letter on installing them. The service works for the desktop but not the laptop. After some simple troubleshooting I decided to plug the cable modem directly to the laptop...nothing happend. I configerd the internet setting to be the same as the desktop and still nothing. Am I missing something or what?

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by wrachet In reply to Cable Modem Networked

I had the same problem and had to go to a separate PCMCIA NIC card for my laptop. If your compaq has an internal nic, make sure the drivers are installed and updated. You may want to try sharing files with the laptop and see if you can find that computer with your computer. Make sure you map a network drive, that could be part of the problem. With my laptop I had to get a separate PCMCIA card so I could access the internet through the hub. If you received software from your cable ISP, you might want to install it on the laptop. Sometimes the software will configure something that you are missing and get things working right. I had to install it on my laptop, but then I unistalled and everything seems to be working right. Hopefully this will help you out. If the Compaq is still under warranty, call them and they should be able to help you configure the nic card. Good luck!

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by wrachet In reply to Cable Modem Networked

Although I have never had to use a proxy server to set this up, you may also want to try All Aboard. I have used before and with DSL. I am on cable now and have no problems getting computers connected instantly.

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by wrachet In reply to Cable Modem Networked

Thought I would let you know that I could never get my Compaq's preinstalled ethernet card to work. Since you are still under warranty I would contact Compaq. Mine's not in warranty anymore so I use a hub and PCMCIA card, but everybody's different. Hope you will find the answer you are looking for somewhere!

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by McKayTech In reply to Cable Modem Networked

There are a couple of possibilities. First, if you're plugging both computers and the hub into the cable modem, you'll need to lease an additional IP address for the second computer. Also, my cable ISP requires the connected computer to send a particular hostname with the DHCP request or you don't get your IP address; yours may be similar and that could explain why the laptop didn't work properly even plugged directly in to the cable modem.

I do this kind of setup routinely and my preferred method (if you're running Win98SE or W2K) is to install a second NIC in the computer connected to the cable modem and use Internet Connection Sharing to make the connection to the other computers. The original NIC goes to the cable modem and the second NIC goes to the other computer via a crossover cable or to a hub with a regular cable.

If you have any spare funds for hardware, the best solution is a router like the Linksys unit because it provides connection sharing, a firewall of sorts and is very easy to configure. It also only requires a single IP address from your cable ISP and they have models with a hub/switch built-in.

As another answer suggested, I hear that there are occasionally problems with pc-card network adapters but I haven't seen that (....yet :-) ). Generally, the problem is in the basic network setup or the configuration of the Internet Connection Sharing.

regards!

paul

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by rockyolson In reply to Cable Modem Networked

Hi well you might try this instead of a hb go to a router and you should have no more troubles. One advantage of router is you will need only one ip addy and you will also get a hardware fire wall. I use linksys and have no problems. They are no problem to setup. rockyolson@charter.net

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by kevin.reed In reply to Cable Modem Networked

In order to the network 2 pc's on a cable or DSL Modem you will have to install a second NIC on the desktop PC. This allows one NIC to be used for the local net, and the other for Internet sharing.
Two alternative solutions are -
1) Use a router between the Modem and the PC's.
2) Find a USB Modem

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