By shiny_smrt ·
hi, i'm kind of like a novice when it comes to computers and so i really need your help. i have a laptop and a desktop both running windows xp pro. the desktop has a printer and is connected to the internet thru a dial up modem.i want to link my laptop to my desktop so i can access the printer from my laptop. i also want to be able to access the internet from my laptop. i would like to do this connection using cables if can i do this?

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with or without HW?

by w2ktechman In reply to networking

for the conection to connection you can use ICS (I think thats what its called anyway). It shares an Internet connection from one system to another if both are on a LAN.
However, you will need a hub/switch for this.

Or, the preferred way, get a router. Home routers aer easy to setup. Connect both systems to the router.

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