Connecting Three Computers without switch/hub??

Posted on 2003-02-24
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Last Modified: 2007-12-19
Is it possible to connect three computers without using switch or hub?
We have 4 LAN cards, one modem and cables to connect three systems. Can any respected tell me how we would be able to run internet using one connection only?????????????????????????

I hope the answer would not be 'impossible'
Question by:hasan_asd
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Expert Comment

ID: 8007492

ya if u have that many slots on ur motherboard. just install the networking devices and any os that supports packet forwarding.

Expert Comment

ID: 8007505
sorry abt that, i misunderstood the qn. Pls ignore my last comment.

Well with this hardware, i dun think so.

Expert Comment

ID: 8007529
Yes it is posible with coax cable BNC connectors and cards.
But why???
One switch cost about 30-40$
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ID: 8007708
You will need to fit 2 network cards to one of the systems and a card in each of the other machines, connect together using cross over patch leads. Using TCP/IP give all the machines IP addresses within the range 192.168.1.x
subnet To access the internet from all the pc's you will need windows 98SE or better and configure internet sharing.

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Szymon_Polok earned 400 total points
ID: 8008002
If TCP/IP configuration suggested by glynn010257 won't work you should configure your PC's like this:
ComputerA with 2 network cards:
card1 - IP - netmask
card2 - IP - netmask

computer connected to ComputerA by card1
IP - netmask default gateway

computer connected to ComputerA by card2
IP IP - netmask default gateway

and now you can share internet connection from computerA to all other computers.

I'm not sure if those 2 other computers will see each other (they will se computerA), but Internet will be accessible from all of them.

Expert Comment

ID: 8008078
Since "ComputerA" in the above answer is acting as a router then you will have to have the other two PCs on seperate logical networks.

The above answer should work just fine.
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Expert Comment

ID: 8008407
If your internet connection is dialup or USB connection, then yes - as described above. Else, no.

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