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Going to be Networking Windows 98 and XP, what do i need???

Hello there,

I have bought myself a new PC for my room upstairs, i am going to have Win XP Pro running on it. Downstairs i have a 600mhz 128 mb ram and i have bought a network card for it a 10/100mbs and i have one built in to my new computer. I also have a ntl broadband modem. Now what i would like to happen is have the two computers networked but also be able to access the internet through my modem. is there anyway of doing this.

I was thinking that I could have a crossover cable running straight into my computer downstairs, then i can just plug my cable into the modem if the computer downstairs isnt switched on but if it is switched on then i can access the internet through the downstairs computer.
              Would i need to keep changing settings or would it just auto switch?
              Would the crossover cable work from a modem to computer?
Any suggestions on this, i dont really want to spent a lot of money absolute MAX £25.

                                       Thanks for any help
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dajoebomb
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LucFCommented:
Hi dajoebomb,

If you have an ethernet modem, your best bet will be either a hub or a switch. Then, connect both computers with a straight cable to the hub/switch and also the modem. Set both computers to the same gateway (the modem) and you will have internet on both computers, no matter if any of them is shut down.

Greetings,

LucF
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dajoebombAuthor Commented:
Will i still be able to network the two computers together thow? and how much and where would i get one fo those items from. eBay??
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LucFCommented:
You should be able to get a switch/hub in every computer shop, they're not that expensive.
You also will still be able to network win98 and XP together (there's a network wizard in winXP which creates a disk that you should run on win98 to network them together.
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dajoebombAuthor Commented:
I ahve done a little diagram to make sure that i am going to do the right thing.

http://www.hiwaydrivingschool.co.uk/hub/hub.jpg

Then something like this for the switch hub

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3087020817&category=3706

Then just use straight cables??

Thanks again, much appreciated
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LucFCommented:
Yep, all good.

And yes, all cables should be straight, no need to use cross cables.
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