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Set up internal network between two computers

I made a wrong decision to sign a lease on an office space that costs me 200 bucks to add phone and internet per user!  Anyhow, Iease is signed and I need set up at least 2 computers that networks together.  The plan is to make the one desktop the host, running vista business, and a laptop running windows 7 home at this time, i can upgrade os that's not a problem.

Now we have a cisco phone with the internet access through the phone, and the office rental policy doesn't allow a hub/router.   Which is fine since my laptop can use internet stick or tethering from my cell.  But I need to network them so both of us can work on the same files, some of our programs are server/client based.  

How can I do that?

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AdamRobinsonCommented:
You said the policy it doesn't allow a hub and router.  Does it allow a switch?  

You could also connect the computers using a cross-over cable, for what it's worth.

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spiderwilk007Commented:
How are you getting Internet to Cisco phone? Is there a router somewhere that you can configure? If you can't get a router/hub then get a switch!
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Elwin3Commented:
If you are just connecting the 2 computer togther then you need to buy a UTP CAT5 crossover cable and then put into computer. You can then setup shares between computers.
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GlobaLevelCommented:
as Adam has suggested...cross over cable..

we use the term 'daisy chain'...you can google it...plent of links...

I would get a cheap pc add it as your 3rd...and use it as a backup for your files...both you can can check files in and out of this 3rd pc or storage device..
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stivostenbergCommented:
I would think the best solution would be to go wireless.  Buy a wireless adapter for your Vista machine and do the following.  I will presume this is less likely to be noticed than actually wiring the laptop to the Vista machine.  Note that you COULD follow these same steps after adding a physical NIC to the tower and plugging the laptop directly with an crossover Ethernet cable.
Make sure you buy a wireless card that is compatible with whatever wireless is in your laptop.
(802.11a , 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) Most 802.11n cards are backwards compatible,  but check to be sure!

On your Vista Tower, after installing a wireless card:
1. Open “Network And Sharing Center”. Go to Control Panel --> View Network Status And Tasks.
2. Click on the “Setup a new connection or network” in the left pane.
3. Scroll down and you will get an option “Set up a wireless ad-hoc (computer-to-computer) network”. Select it and press Next. In the next window hit Next.
4. Give your new network a name. Choose the “Security Type” as WEP* and enter a password for the new network. Check the “Save this network” checkbox.
5. Wait for the new network to be set up. When the process finishes click the Close button.
6. You will have to set a network type. Because I assume you may have other people in the office,  set it to public.  If you trust them, make it a work network.
7. Open the Network And Sharing Center again. In the left pane click the “Manage Network Connections”.
8. A window will pop up with a list of all your networks. Choose the network which you use to connect the Internet. Right click on it and select Properties.
9. Go to the last tab, “Sharing” and then check the option “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection”. In the “Home Networking Connection” dropdown select “Wireless Network Connection”.
10. In order to configure the ICS (Internet Connection Sharing) Settings, click the “Settings” button and then select all the options and press Ok.
11. Now that the network is shared,  you need to connect your Windows 7 laptop.  Turn on Wireless, select your network and enter the password.
*The WEP setting is less secure,  but was unsure what settings your Cisco Phone might use.  WPA or WPA2 have largely replaced WEP for security purposes. WEP is merely the lowest common denominator.

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themmer650Commented:
the office rental policy doesn't allow a hub/route ??  I gotta ask Why.? Seems that would eliminate a ton of prospective renters.
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cmleung2Author Commented:
I will try the daisy chain.  Why the policy you ask? Well, they want to charge internet service by users instead of letting us sharing the internet.  Btw, it is Regus, a big company.  
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stivostenbergCommented:
Can try that.  I recommended Wireless because it is not visible, and they may notice the network cables and shut you down.
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cmleung2Author Commented:
I will probably need to do the wireless since my desktop only has 1 nic, good that i do have extra wireless card. I'll try it out.
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stivostenbergCommented:
Extra NIC cards for your PC can be purchased for about  $15.  
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ChiefITCommented:
RE-negotiate the contract with the landlord. Tell him that services such as this shouldn't cost this much for the tennants. Ask him if he/she would be willing to listen to IT experts on how to improve communications in the building with less cost to him/her. If so, maybe this landlord would reduce rates throughout the building.

If you really want to bypass anything he/she provides, take advantage of broadband over Cellular. This is called "Clear". Throughput is good and you can impliment VoIP at the cost of about 40 dollars per month.
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ChiefITCommented:
Furthermore, the landlord can NOT resell, residential communications to the customer without an agreement with the ISP. This is an infringement upon FCC laws (Federal Communications Commission).
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ChiefITCommented:
It's my opinion that your business owner probably purchased a T1 link to the CLEC and doesn't understand the concept of that one RJ45 port is for. That D-mark is for you to connect the CPE (Customer Provided equipment), meaning routers, switches and end users. It's not used for a single computer. So, this business park owner may not understand that T1 and what that connection is for. It's best to keep a cordial relationship at first, enhance his/her business, and then get ugly later by calling the ISP and telling them that your business owner is reselling their service at an astronomical rate under contract.
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JavedtariqCommented:
http://www.simplesat.co.uk/index.php?main_page=popup_image&pID=60&zenid=8e35a7dc09ed9a43e92207f932e556fa

 try this wifi bridge. it saves user name and password in it once and then you can use this with any device in the building. doesnt need a software installing on client machine. you would still need access to Wireless network though.
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younghvCommented:
I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

This question has been classified as abandoned and is closed as part of the Cleanup Program. See the recommendation for more details.
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cmleung2Author Commented:
Although none of the recommendations works for me for variety of reasons, but I am sure there are some suggestions here that will help someone else.  Instead of delete, can you can close it without deleting so I can keep it in my knowledge base?
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ChiefITCommented:
Your Business park owner is providing service to you at a cost of $200 dollars per month. Since the owner regulates any competitive services within the park, he/she is price gouging and creating a sole service provider.

Under FCC regulation, since this business park owner is reselling services, they are demanded under federal regulations to report their telecommunications with FCC form 499 each year.

You can fill out this form as well, as a potential customer. Once the FCC gets wind of them regulating service, the FCC will come down upon your park owner for this.

In the meantime, you can use an alternative means to communicate data and voice. This can be done through a different media like clear....

From the FCC web site:
Virtually all providers of telecommunications must file FCC Form 499-A each year.

An alternative means to communications (and the FCC points of contact):
http://www.fcc.gov/guides/getting-broadband

Fill out an FCC complaint and get out of an illegal resale of internet services.
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younghvCommented:
cmleung2,
The only time we get involved in closing someone else's questions is when they have 'abandoned' them:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/help.jsp#hs=23&hi=462

Please have a read through these instructions and decide how you want to close this question:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/help.jsp#hs=26&hi=366
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cmleung2Author Commented:
The daisy chain works for the intranet, not the internet, the wireless doesn't work at all for some reason even though it shows there is a connection.
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