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Home network configuration question (2 sub networks)

Q: Home network configuration question (2 sub networks)


I am trying to re-configure my home network to allow for a secure and normal (not to secure) networks, that will not be aware of each other but will both connect through to the same router for Internet access.

Basically I want one network that will be used only for Online banking, other important transactions and store important data and another which will be used for random web browsing,web mail, games etc that are more likely to get Spyware or Viruses.

The two networks will only have a few computers/laptops on each network and obviously as this is for home I want to know if this is feasible without spending huge amounts of money. If anyone sees any problems with my thinking or has any advice please let me know.

Am I correct in thinking that all I need is 3 routers?
1. Wireless ADSL Router connected to phone line that receives Internet.
2. The secure network router that connects to 1 and several computers.
3. The standard network router that connects to 1 and several computers.

2 and 3 would each have a separate wireless SSID and workgroup and use DHCP within different ranges to allocate IP's to the various computers.

Is there anything specific that I would need to do to the routers configuration to get them to work?
would the ADSL router need DHCP as well?
Will I need to configure different subnet masks?

Any help regarding this is much appreciated.



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A: Home network configuration question (2 sub networks)

That will work. The secondary routers need to have a different subnet from the primary router. It doesn't matter if the two secondary routers use the same subnet.

Not sure how you are using the word "secure." I would advise WPA-PSK (or WPA2) on both wireless networks.

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Hi everyone, first time poster here. I apologize in advance for my ignorance of networking, but I'm learning.

I'm wondering if the network configuration I want is possible. Here's what I want:

3+ laptops (wireless connections)
1 desktop (wired connection)
1 media player (wired connection)

1 internet connection (cable modem)
a typical wireless router

What I want is basically this:

- All computers access the internet
- media player has access to a shared folder on the desktop computer
- wireless connections DO NOT have access to the shared folder
If I use the "standard" configuration (router connected to the modem, both the desktop PC and media player connected to the router via ethernet) then the first 2 points are satisfied, but the wireless connections can access my shared folder.

I was thinking that maybe there is some way, through an additional piece of hardware or something, that could put the 2 wired connections on their "own" network, but still allow them to share the internet connection?
I'm open to other suggestions as well. Note that password protecting the shared folder on the PC won't work because the media player doesn't have the ability to put in a password.
Thanks for any advice, and if you have any questions or need more information, just let me know.


A:help with this network configuration? (2 networks with one internet connection)

No problem at all. Buy another router and daisy-chain them. The secondary router will the "secure" router, and the router you now have connects the devices you don't want to have access to the shared computer.

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Hi, I'm new to the forums here and wanted to ask a question about home networks. I have an Acer desktop PC that has a slow network card (100 mbps) built in, which I had been using until yesterday. The home network I used with Windows 7 was named "Scott's PC Network" I disabled the network card and installed an Edimax Nano wireless adapter, which is connecting at 150 mbps. I now notice that my home network is renamed "Scott's PC Network 2" and there is a "Wireless Network Connection 2" on the computer also. Can anyone tell me if this is normal or if it can just be renamed to the original "Scott's PC Network"? The only thing I can think of is that since I disabled the onboard network card, that Windows renamed the wireless connection. Also, when I look at the available wireless connections at the bottom right corner, where the 5 white bars are, it shows "Scott's PC Network" with the "Wireless Network Connection 2" above it. I'm of course connected to it and there are no problems, just trying to figure out why there is different names. Thanks for any help you can give me!

A:Question About Wireless Home Networks

Screen shots of this problem would be really helpful.

You should be able to click on the network name and rename it.

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Hey guys,

I had a quick question about a network at home.

My house is 15m tall and 9m wide, I want to network 3 computers (mine, wife, son).

Should I wire the house with Ethernet cat 5e cable and put a 100 base T switch?
Just put a Wi-Fi access point and Wi Fi cards for the 3 computers.

I prefer wireless, but I’ve heard Ethernet would have slightly faster speeds due to less aerial interference.

Suggestions? Solutions? Thank you!

A:Solved: Question! Home networks Please help! Urgent!

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My laptop is few months old HP Pavilion g6 OS: Windows 8 uses a ralink rt5390r 802.11bgn wifi adapter.

The wifi was working just fine suddenly it stopped. It detects my home network but every time it tries to connect ends up "unable to connect to this network".
It connects to my friends wifi but not mine. And it connects with cable.

There is a red cross on the wifi network but it's green not GREY.
It is not a modem problem because the other PC connects just fine.
When I'm on wifi, cmd ipconfig gives me disconnected media for all the network cards on the laptop. Command netsh shows failure and access denied.

What I have tried to do for the past week :

I upgraded the adapter/ driver. My windows is fully updated.
I re-installed the network card.
I tried a USB wifi.
I uninstalled the private server.
I uninstalled my Norton because I thought it was blocking the connection I also deactivated the windows fire wall.
I changed the SSID and PSW ... nothing worked.
and of course I tried restarting, resetting, rebooting, deactivating and activating, disabling and enabling every single thing but nothing works.
it's almost a week and I searched in many forums for a solution but it is not the same problem.
Can you help me please ! It is driving me crazy !

A:Wifi connects to other networks but not my home network

Probably won't help, but what does Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center show for your connection? And, when there, go to Change adapter settings. Once there, right click on whatever adapter icons are shown, and run Diagnose. For the heck of it, you could try Ethernet both through the router and directly to your modem. Does you computer have a manual external switch for turning wifi on and off?

And, try using WPA2 if not already doing so. Is Norton completely uninstalled to the point where Windows Defender is working?

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I live in a retirement community that has been struggling with setting up a community wireless network system for its residents. The network technicians have been plagued by problems arising from many residents having home networks of many varieties -- some have retained legacy connections to dial-up and cable modem access to the internet, others connected to the new community system (which is called RESNET). The residents in question vary even more widely in their computer literacy ranging from those who barely know how to turn on a computer their grandson may have brought to them, while others are quite sophisticated. The RESNET network has dozens of separate wireless access points scattered through the buildings and communicating by roof-top antennas with separate cottages. It makes use of almost all channels from 1 to 11. Access control is by MAC addresses for individual residents' computers (or actually a wireless adapter on the computer). There are a couple hundred computers connected to the system plus a significant number of residents still connected to our previous cable network supplier.

I have ranked the different types of networks in order of possible interference according to my view.
1. It is my understanding that if residents have a home network that is security-protected, there should be no communication in either direction with RESNET and should not interfere unless the strength of its signal overwhelms that of the corresponding channel of the RESNET sy... Read more

A:Home networks interfere with Community Network

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This my first time on this forum, so firstly hello to everyone.

I am by no means an expert when it comes to network configuration, but I have managed to get through what I have needed previously. My previous configuration was similar to the attached but I simply used an ethernet modem in lieu of the sky modem/router and everything worked fine at that point. I have recently changed my ISP to Sky, who have provided their own modem/router (albeit this is actually a Netgear unit) and say they do not support 3rd party modems - all my problems started here.....

I have attached the configuration that I would like to use in order to connect everything that I have. It is worth noting that my master phone socket is located in the cellar along with the Sky modem/router, which is hard wired with a 30m Cat 5E cable to the 2nd netgear router on the 1st floor. From here my other components (desk-top, printer and network hard-drive are all hard wired and within 4m of the 2nd Netgear router.

My problem seems to be the configuration of the Sky and Netgear routers and their incapability to communicate with each other via the ethernet cable. I can connect the laptops wirelessly to the Sky modem/router and have full internet access, however I cannot access the local services such as the printer etc. Similarly, I can connect the laptops wirelessly to the 2nd netgear router and access all of the local services with no problems but cannot access the internet from there.

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A:Home Network Configuration

Perhaps Johnwill will post it here but look up this forum for his Connecting 2 SOHO routers posts he does (he does this quite frequently) now the main thing to remember is the wireless won't be transparent between the 2 routers as they are 2 different access points.

Essentially the second netgear (non sky) has to be turned from a router to a switch with an wireless access point. this will allow all PC's to exist on one network (with 2 routers your have 2 networks going on) and allow all to intercommunicate and get out to the internet.

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I have a few questions about simple WIndows 7 home networking. First, here are the various elements I have encounterd (let's leave any domain stuff out of this for now). There's the Workgroup, the LAN network, the wireless network and then the home group.
Could someone explain to me how all these elements are supposed to work and be configured just to set up a simple network for file sharing? I would also like to be able to use either Remote Desktop or Assistance if possible.
Actually, the file sharing thing is working - I have set up the public folders on computer A and can access that public folder from computer B. But I like things neat and tidy so that's why I would like to understand more of what's happening. One computer A, a created a LAN network and gave it a name. But on computer B, I would like t join this network, but it has already given me a network name (Network1). When I go to change the network, it brings up wireless neworks - how do I join the original network?
Can this LAN network and the wireless network be the same thing, or must they be different networks?
What about the Workgroup and Homegroup - do these these offer any advantages and if so how do I set them up? Thanks.
I am running WIndows 7 Home Premium SP1 on both computer.

A:Home Network Basic Configuration

Short answer: You get a network by sticking a cable between 2 computers. Wireless is the same thing just without a physical cable. Workgroup and HomeGroup are just something MS invented for LANs. As long as you have the cable between 2 computers and the IPs are in the same network segment, they will share resources. HomeGroup is just a way to make the trust and sharing between computers easier. You just select the HomeGroup and enter the password and you are done. Once you set up HomeGroup, you can just right click a folder and share it easily.

That network name (Network1) is not relevant. Create a HomeGroup on 1 PC and join to it with the other. With our basic home routers wired and wireless connections are both in the same network segment, there may be some that can configure a different one for wireless though.

I have run without a HomeGroup for years and haven't faced any issues. As long as it works, it will simplify your job. As you learn more about networking, you may find it redundant. Possibly better when you have more than a couple PCs at home.

Sorry, can't go into much detail due to time, if you have any specific questions, ask away.

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I'm probably asking something has been asked before but since I don't know anything about networking I don't even know the right buzz words to do a good forum search.

I have what I think is a very simple network need, like this:

network diagram.jpg

One person told me the box with the question mark just needs to be a switch, another that it needed to be a "firewall router", and another that it needed to be BOTH a switch and a firewall router, and another that it needed to be "managed switch".

I've looked all those up but being totally new to networking I find it all very confusing.

Any suggestions?


A:need help setting up a very simple home network configuration

What is the overall objective for your laptop and desktop?

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Hello, I am trying to configure a VPN to connect to my home network so that I can access files on my home computer whilst at the office. I have succeeded in being able to access a folder on my home desktop which I added using "add network location" on my laptop. However, while I'm connected through this VPN, I am using my home internet connection, going in through the router and then back out to the internet. So, is there a possibility of only using the VPN when I access the files on my home network and use the office internet for browsing... etc? Is this VPN configuration efficient or are there better ways to get access to files on my home PC remotely. Also, using this method I believe my router forwards all traffic on the VPN to my main home PC which assigns my laptop an IP. Is there anyway that I could just log into the router so that I was just another computer on the home network. As is I can only see files on the main home PC but it would be nice as well to have access to my HTPC.

A:VPN Configuration for Remote Access to Home Network

You can enable offline files that will sync up docs every time you get back to your home network, but if you have GBs and GBs of file, may not be efficient.

Windows Live Sync
from MS, can sync all of you files and folder between 2 computers free and efficiently. Very awesome for someone who has a PC and laptop.

Dropbox is also another program that can do it.

I would need to hear more about how you are using the VPN connection and what hardware/method.... if it is just for accessing files, I would use one of the 2 above, preferably Windows Live Sync.

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I was asked this question in class and I'm not sure if I gave the right answer or not.

Company with 50 (max) different locations.
1 Head Office and 1 Store House
Each location has a static IP address.
Each location has max 13 PCs in the internal network.

Locations need to be able to connect via VPN thus have the same Sub Net:
I’m thinking (IP) Class B/ (SN) – giving me 126 IPs/SN to work with just in case all locations connect to one location at the same time.
Q1: is this SN a good choice?

For the internal network at each location:


• Public IP (Static)
• Private IP / SN

Firewall with 2 NIC
• Router facing NIC – IP SN GW
• LAN facing NIC – IP SN GW
Data Server IP SN GW
File Server IP SN GW

Switch / Switches
IP adds 172.16.20.x/ SN GW
Q2: Is this the right configuration? If not what should I change?
Q3: Recommended OS for Firewall, Server 1 and Server 2.
Q4:Recommended hardware for Routers/Switches

Appreciate you taking the time to help me out.

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I have recently purchased several Edimax Homeplugs (2 x *HP-2001AV' and 1 x 'HP-2002AV') and I am having problems configuring my homeplug network. I was wondering if my network configuration should work or if it is a limitation of the home plug and I need to look for an alternative solution.

I have cable (fibre optic) internet connecting to a Router, which is connected to Homeplug A.

I have Homeplug B in a different room connected to a Switch, which is connected to several Computers all of which can access the Internet concurrently (this appears to work).

My problem is with Homeplug C (based in another room). I want to connect this to another Router that will provide Wireless access to that region of the building. If I plug a PC/laptop directly into Homeplug C then it has Internet connectivity, however if I connect it to a router it doesn't appear to have any Internet access.

Should this work or is this some kind of limitation to the home plugs?

Any information you can provide to help me resolve this issue is greatly appreciated.


A:Solved: Home Plugs Network Configuration Issue

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Hey guys. I'm sorry if this has been posted before but I searched and didn't find any sort of problem like the one I'm having anywhere on the web. So here goes..

My laptop will not find any networks in the house. My tablet, my phone, other peoples laptops find the network and are able to connect to the home wifi just fine. I've tried almost everything but my laptop will not pick up the wifi signal at all. I am not too far away from the router as it is in the next room. My laptop finds and connects to other wifi networks when they are around without any issue. I've connected an Ethernet cable from the router AND the modem directly to the laptop and it connects to the internet perfectly. My sister has the exact same router as I do in her home and it picks up the wifi signal fine. So I don't think it has to do with the router. I've honestly looked everywhere guys and haven't came across an issue like this.. please help.

Little about my laptop:
It's a Toshiba Satellite L875D-S7332
Runs windows 8

Here's the Xirrus wifi inspector photo (currently connected by Ethernet cable)

Command Prompt ipconfig /all copy and paste

C:\Users\Stay Out>ipconfig /all

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Alberto
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Wireless LAN adapter Local Area Connection* 11:

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A:"No networks found." Other devices find home network just fine.

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I was wondering if it was possible to have specific IP configurations for Wifi networks.

For example, when I connect to network "wifi1" I get automatically DHCP address, and when I connect to "wifi2" I get static IP which I defined before.

Is it possible? Really would make my life easier

A:Specific IP configuration for WiFi networks

I use netsetman.

NetSetMan - Network Settings Manager | LAN & WLAN | Freeware & Pro

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I have 2 networks that I need to remain completely separate.

In my companies office we have our internal network this is comprised of all our desktop PC’s wired to the network over UTP, 1 sbs2008 server (also wired) and several laptops that use wireless access. These have local network and internet access.
I also need a Workshop network, this requires straight through internet access with no physical connection to our internal network (I do not want an infected PC to be able to contaminate our internal network but still need to be able to check if it can connect to the internet.

I have a 20 Gig internet link through a permanent connection.

I have 2 SnapGear firewalls coming off different ports.
On the first SnapGear SG565 Firewall we have an External access network.

We then have the second SnapGear SG565 Firewall. (Mine.... Now)
It is connected to a D-Link DGS3324 100/1000, 24 port switch through port A1
It is also connected to a D-Link DES1008D 10/100, 8 port switch through Port A3, which subsequently has 2 ProComm 1700-8 10/100, 8 port switches off it. This is supposed to be the workshop network).

It also has the wireless configured to allow our laptops full network access and internet access.
I then have 36 patch ports on which I have my 2 networks.

My problem…….
I need to configure the Firewall to allow full network and internet access to port A1 and to the wireless on a subnet of 162. Then I need to configure port A3 to have full access to the inte... Read more

A:Solved: Multiple networks configuration

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ok, so my apartment offers free wifi and i have one computer currently using it but i have two computers and only 1 wifi adapter. one computer is running xp and the other is running win 7. i have a wired router to connect the two computers but when i do i lose my internet connection. what im trying to figure out is can i have my 2 computers connected via the router and still get my wifi signal? also is there a way to make it so both my computers can access the internet through the one computer with the wife adapter? by the way the computer connected to the internet is the one running 7 and number one on the router. any suggestions?

A:home network question

depends very much on the router - whats the make and model - if it can be used as a wireless access point
But why not purchase another wifi adapter for the other PC - they are very cheap

Whats the make and models of the PCs - are they both Desktops ?
most laptops running XP or windows 7 would have wifi adapters already installed

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In "My Network Places" it used to say the computers are local. The way I DO want it.
I only connect one computer at a time to the internet independently.

Now it says in "Network locations" The Internet.
I don't remember when it changed or why.

I just wonder if some virus, trojan or what altered. Also in TaskManager, there is nothing under USERS, where it used to say my name.

any help-idea is appreciated.

A:network only at home question

I believe this is strictly a cosmetic issue. I've seen this before, and there was some simple fix that escapes me at the moment.

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Hi Everyone,

Sorry for the newb question but my knowledge of the ins and outs of networks leaves a bit to be desired.

I am going to be renting a 3 bedroom townhouse along with my girlfriend and when I toured the townhouse before signing the lease I noticed it was fully wired for phone, ethernet, and cable. In every room there is a wall plate with a cable outlet, a phone outlet, and a Cat 5 outlet in it. The ethernet port is labeled "Cat 5" and the phone jack is labeled "Phone" so from where I am standing it could get any easier for me.

What we are going to do is have the cable modem put in a central room in the townhome then I want to make all of the Cat 5 outlets in the townhouse live but I do not know what I need or how to do this. I will say that in the master bedroom there is a panel and in previous houses I have been in the stuff behind the panel controls the cable TV throughout the house. So what do I need to do to get all the Cat 5 jacks in the townhome live? Is is as simple as running a Cat 5 cable from the modem to a router and then to a Cat 5 jack in one of the rooms or is there more to it than this?

Thanks everyone.

A:Home Network Question

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Hi. We have a ranch with 3 houses that all share wifi. Not sure how good the other 2 houses receive but anyway... They told me once that it seems limited the number of devices that can connect. I try to remember to turn off all my devices when I go so I can control what connects.

Would buying a new router help? Or am I looking at a windows issue? That doesn't make sense tho in this day of everything connecting.

I'd also like to figure out a way to boost signal. The houses are line of site and the old link sys router is in a window.

Thanks for suggestions

A:Home network question

How far apart are the homes and are the homes inter connected with network cabling? If not, are there any conduits between the homes?

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I’m trying to complete a wire network installation at my home with three desktop computers all running XP Home.

Cisco DSL modem and a Linksys router.

The problem is;
When I go to My Network Places, at any one computer I can only see ONE other computers’ shared folder. When I am at computer A for example, I should be able to see TWO shared folders. I should see a Shared Folder for computer B and one for computer C. But I can only see ONE other Shared Folder. IF I am at Computer C, I can only see computer A’s Shared Folder. If I’m at computer B, I can only see computer C’s Shared Folder, etc.
What I have done so far;

Tested continuity on Ethernet connections – good.
Ran ipconfig on all computers and recorded IP data in Internet Protocal properties. DNS Servers are filled in.
Network card drivers are up to date.
McAfee VC ver 9.99, under Manage Network enabled admin rights to all computers.

With windows firewall on, and off, ran Network Wizard on all three computers. Selecting;
“This computer connects to the Internet directly or through a network hub. Other computers on my network also connect to the Internet directly or through a hub.”

Network name is the same on all computers.

Turn on file and printer sharing is selected.

Opened Explore and found Shared Documents on all computers and enabled sharing and selected;
Share this folder on the network

Allow network users to change my files
(There is no Permissions tab in XP Home)

Help and Support Center;
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A:XP Home Network Question

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HI, I have a laptop and a tower desktop computer. I am in need of an Ethernet card for my laptop tu use at work. The question is then whether or not I can plug one end of the network cable in my laptop and the other into my desktop and have a network in order to at least share and transfer files (at a rate better than the Direct Parallel which I've used before to much dissapointment)???

Or must I also purchase on of those extraneous hubs, routers, or whatever in order to make this work?

Or is there maybe a special NIC card that I can put into the desktop than will eliminate the need for a hub, if that is in fact the case?

Thanks for any help on this matter....

A:Little network at home..... question

If you have a network card installed in both machines the only thing you would need is a cat5 crossover cable of the length you need. Nothing else is needed to network the two together. Must be a crossover cable though without a hub.

You would just need to setup the tcp/ip settings and enable file and print sharing.

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First, thank you in advance for your comments and suggestions...

Is there any advantage to managing a home network on a seperate pc that is dedicated to only manage my modem, router, voip, adapters? Right now I'm using my family desktop workstation to manage the devices. The desktop is used for everything else too including word processing, email, etc. It's also the only PC that is wired to the router. All other 10 devices are connected wireless (excluding voip). I would also wire this box if it makes any sense.

I have some older boxes sitting around.
Thought i would ask the question before getting rid of them.
Or am I just having another senior moment?

Thank you,

BigDog in Texas

A:Home network question

How much "managing" do you do?

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I decided to try my hand at "sharing my broadband connection" using a wireless router (Belkin F5D6231-4), with one computer using a (Belkin F5D6001 network card). After getting all up and running.................................signal strength will be a 100 then goes away completely.
Is there a way to keep the signal strength constant. I lnow there is a extended antenna for the card but wanted to get some other opinions before spending another $25-$30 bucks.

I really think the thing would work out good if I can get the signal thing fixed.
Any advise is appreciated in advance.

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Here is a picture of the setup

I am wanting to reduce the cable runs as it stands I can not get the @home service to allow me to do a local network hookup without bouncing of their server
this limits my transfer between machines to 300kps as all information traveles through the modem
The internet service is set up to use MAC address to assign the public IP off of the cable modem
I know what I want to be able to do is have local access to both web servers at 100Mps from my main personal computer in a local setup but I do not want to have to have more than one nic per machine as it stands I could make a loop using 2 nics per unit one for the modem access and one for the local network but this does not seem the correct way to do this any sugestions on how to handel this ?

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Hello folks,

Dumb home networking question here…

I currently have a cable internet connection that consists of a cable modem and NIC in my primary home PC. I am running Win XP home.

I would like to hook a Play Station 2 to the cable connection so that I may begin playing online games from the PS2. I know that I will need to purchase a network adapter for the PS2.

I would also like to hook my laptop PC to this network via a wireless connection.

Can anyone recommend a set up that will accomplish this task, i.e. what hardware will I need to set this system up?

Thanks in advance.


A:Home network question

You'll need a wireless router, and a wireless WAP for your laptop. Normally, a PCMCIA wireless NIC can be had very inexpensively, they're all over the place.

There is currently a good deal on a wireless broadband router going on at OfficeDepot for $15 after rebate, check near the end of this thread in the Tips section. http://forums.techguy.org/showthread.php?s=&postid=995643#post995643

Add some CAT-5 cables to connect it all together, and you're all set.

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Hello... I have a home network with the following... main computer 256mb ram, 2.6 gig celleron, with satalite internet and two nic cards one for satalite one for the network. second computer is my sons, P2 gateway system 256mb ram, 450 mhz cpu. Third and forth computer are laptops, low end p2 systems a 266mhz and 300 mhz. all are connected to the main computer with a router.
My question is would I be better of using an old computer I have P2 500 mhz w/256 mb ram. would I be better off to have the satalite run thru this system and have a hard drive in it to share files? whats the best way to set it up with a limited budget?

any imput would be appreciated...

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Hey everyone, I'm new here and am looking for a bit of expert advice on setting up my new network.

I recently remodeled my home and installed wired ethernet ports all around the house, about 20 in total. They are all running to my closet on a shelf where I will have all the networking stuff located. I have Comcast Cable as an ISP, my dl is around 24Mbps and my ul is around 3Mbps. The cable modem is plugged into a Linksys WRT54G2, which has 2 wired devices and the rest being broadcasted wirelessly. Here's a list of the devices using the router in the house:

-2 Desktop Computers (gigabit capable)
-2 Laptop Computers (using wireless-g)
-HP Printer (can be wired or wireless)
-TiVo Box (wireless-g)
-2 Xbox 360 Consoles (1 is currently wired, other is using wireless-g)
-HD Cable Box
-iPod Touch

Now this is where I need help. I need to make sure that all the Ethernet ports in the house will be able to access the network and the internet. I need to have a network fast enough to stream media throughout the house, and share internet connection amongst devices without hogging the bandwidth.

Also, on the side, from what I hear, my connection speed is very strong, but the Xbox doesn't reflect that sometimes in-game, mostly while hosting games on Xbox Live. I need to make sure that the Xbox is getting the fastest speed possible from the internet, with the best ping/connection possible. If I need to set something up to prioritize the console's connection over other... Read more

A:New Home Network Question

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I have a question about whether or not the home network that I have planned will work. Here is the planned setup:

FIOS Router -> 8 port switch

8 port switch:
1) From FIOS Router
2) PC
3) Wireless Router (Used only for WIFI capabilities)
4) Printer
5) Another PC
6) Another PC
7) Out to wall (explained later)
8 ) Spare

Out to wall: This connection goes to the living room where I have multiple devices that require a connection (PS3, TV, etc).

So, my question is that will I be able to put another switch in the living room to take the connection from 7) and further split it among the devices in the living room?

If so, will I be able to see the other computers on the first switch from my PS3 so I can stream from them?

Thank you.

A:Home Network Question

Yes, you can put another switch in the living room to split off the connection to those devices. I would get a wireless access point instead of another router for the Wifi piece.

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I need to set up three user accounts on two computers the accounts on each computer is going to be monitored.
Each user will be assigned access for certain folder or files and certain applications, like internet explorer.
And all usb ports and dvd drive will be blocked. Only the admin will be allow to have full access.

So i need to do something that allow ( managers) to monitor employees activity on the system during working hours.

On one pc is windows xp pro on the other os windows 7 home premium.

Any idea how i can acomplish this task?

I.was thinking of group policy on both computers but on home premium there is not group policy.

Also the users will be using almost all the same programs and files just the with different information.

Thank you in advance.

A:group policy configuration and computer configuration question

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But for Windows 7 Home Premium you will not have the
Local Security Policy so you may need to upgrade to Windows 7 Pro for that.

This is easier to control with a server like Windows Server 2003 or 2008.

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I just finished setting up a home network using a microsoft wired router. I have two windows ME systems and an XP system currently on my network. Can anyone help me set up the webcams on the systems to be controlled by other computers. In other words, can I use the computer in the bedroom to snoop on my teenagers in the club room using the web cam on the club room computer? Would love to make this happen if possible.

A:home network and webcam question

Use a feature that comes with windows: Netmeeting. Just open a meeting before they go in, and if it has a mic, you can listen to them too.

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Hello all,

I'm trying to set up a fairly simple home network. Here's what I've done:

-I have two PCs running WinXP Pro
-Each is configured with the same Workgroup
-Each has four local users named for each of my family members
-The PCs connect through a cable modem router, and each currently can connect to the internet with no problems
-Each PC has two hard drive partitions (C for OS/Programs, D for data)

I'd like to map the Y drive on each computer to the other computer's C drive, and map Z to D. This way, at any given time I can "see" all of the data on either computer. It also helps because I'd like to use a backup program to back up key files on each nightly, one to the other.

Here's the problem that I'm running into:

When I try to map to "PC03" from "PC02", it first tries to connect using my current local account (PC02\MyID), and then failing that, the Guest account on the other PC (PC03\Guest). MyID is an admin on both machines. I've tried connecting as an admin on the other machine, for example connecting from PC02 as PC03\MyID. This gets me a connection, but when I try to click on certain folders like Program Files or Documents and Settings for another user, I get "access denied", even though I'm connected as an admin.

On the "target" PC, I enabled sharing of the C: drive on the network, and checked "allow network users to change my files".

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My home network consists of 3 computers and an xbox, all connected to a router
Computers 1 and 2 run windows xp pro. Computer 3 runs win xp home.

With some litte experience I have been able to setup a workgroup x including those 3 computers.All computer names appear inside the workgroup folder.

Pc 1 can see all the shared contents of the other 2 computers, including its self, no password required etc.
Computer 2, 3 and xbox can browse through each other’s files freely, no username/password is required but can not browse computer1 files. I either get a "resource unavailable" message when I click on pc1 icon or I get prompted for a username/password. Computer 1 was the only one that had password protected user account, but I removed it, through the user account utility in the control panel.

How can I give free pc1 access to all the other devices of my workgroup without having to give username/password details on each logon?

A:WinXP home network question

If you are not using Simple File Sharing on PC 1, the answer is simple:

In My Computer or any Windows Explorer window: Tools - Folder Options ... - View tab - at the bottom of the list put a check by 'Use simple file sharing (recommended).'

If you already have SFS, I reckon the answer will be considerably more difficult.

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This is a really simple question. I would normally just buy what I think I need and try it all myself, but currently, finances are tight and I can't afford to be wrong. Plus the nearest PC store is an hour away and we have lots of snow, I only want to make one trip, lol.
What I have: typical Home Network setup

Cable modem
Old Linksys 5-port router with DHCP and NAT
Two XP PC's in a workgroup with printer and file sharing.
(also have a Wii wired in, but unimportant)

What I need to do is add a 3rd PC to the network, but I cannnot run cables. Given that I also have other devices that would utilize wireless (PSP, Wii), what are my wireless options?

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I have another computer set up in another room, heh..its had no trouble connecting to my secure network but earlier today it just won't connect..it shows (and has good connection) but when I click on it it won't connect and so I try n diagnose the problem but that just ends up giving 2 possibilities: try n connect again or look at other available networks...I don't know whats going on..desperate for help

A:Solved: Home network question heh

Please supply the following info, exact make and models of the equipment please.

Name of your ISP (Internet Service Provider).
Make and exact model of the broadband modem.
Make and exact model and hardware version of the router (if a separate unit).
Make and exact model and hardware version of any other network equipment, like a repeater, a booster, hi-gain antenna, etc.
Model numbers can usually be obtained from the label on the device.
Connection type, wired or wireless.
If wireless, encryption used, (none, WEP, WPA, or WPA2)
Version and patch level of Windows on all affected machines, i.e. XP (Home or Pro), SP1-SP2-SP3, Vista (Home, Business, Ultimate), etc.
The Internet Browser in use, IE, Firefox, Opera, etc.

Please give an exact description of your problem symptoms, including the exact text of any error messages.

If you're using a wireless connection, have you tried a direct connection with a cable to see if that changes the symptoms?
For wireless issues, have you disabled all encryption on the router to see if you can connect that way?
For wireless laptops, have you made SURE the wireless switch is on?
For wired connection issues, have you booted in Safe Mode with Networking to see if that changes the symptoms?
Have you connected directly to the broadband modem to see if this is a router or modem/ISP issue?
If there are other computers on the same network, are they experiencing the same issue, or do they function normally?

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My family has been complaining for a while that the wireless internet sucks in our house. Connections seem to just drop for no reason, connection is slow, etc. I don't ever seem to have a problem, but my computer is directly connected, but my phone doesn't seem to have an issue at all anywhere in the house. I have the modem and wireless router set up in my bedroom on the second floor since I have the most tech knowledge of anyone in the house though I will admit I think it is limited. Everyone else only use wireless devices on the first floor. I know trying to get wireless signal between floors is a recipe for disaster but like I said I've never had an issue with my phone. So my first question is there something I can use on the phone, laptops, or PC of my other family members that I can use to verify if the problem is in fact the wireless signal or something wrong with their device?

My other question is regarding a MoCA setup to expand the network to the first floor. We don't want to tear into any walls so that is probably our best options since the second floor of the house runs to a separate electrical panel than the first floor. The current modem that we have is an old Motorola SB 5100 SURFboard cable modem. This would mostly likely get replaced if I change anything. The router that we use is a Netgear N750 Wireless Dual band Gigabit router. My thought was to purchase a new wireless cable modem (to cover wireless on the second floor of the house) then... Read more

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I've got a simple home network set up. My desktop PC is hard cabled to the D-Link wireless router, which is obviously connected to the cable modem. My HP laptop is run via a wireless card.

I also have a wireless printer server.

Why won't the laptop connect to the Internet if my desktop PC is off? I would think that they would be separate links.

The same thing goes for not being able to print from the laptop if my desktop PC is off....?

Any suggestions?


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We just got a wireless network in my house... My parents computer is the "host" computer... We set up the router, I have the D-Link thing in my computer. It said that I have an "excellent" connection but it wouldnt let me online...

I would open Mozilla and I couldnt browse, and I couldnt connect to steam. Is this something with a firewall? a network key? we just cant figure it out!

If someone could help me out that would be awesome

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Hello, I'm after an answer about my home network, its about distance mainly. Firstly I have my host computer at one side of the house, on this I have a Netgear Modem/Router hooked up and connected directly via Ethernet, then I have various other things in my room, on the other side of the house, such as a Nintendo Wii, and a laptop, I also use my mobile phone on the odd occasion and they all connect without a problem in the world, the problem is I also have a Nintendo DS and after a week of wondering why it would only work when I was in the same room as the router and not in my room, where it would say "no access point in range." I looked up some info about it and I THINK that the DS only has a 30 foot range? Im not sure I didnt know network adapters had THAT much of a weakness, though my room is about 20 metres in a straight line with about 6 walls inbetween and other objects. But anyway the question is, is there a a way I can use my laptop in my room to kinda amplify the signal so that my DS can connect to the internet via the laptop? I also have another Netgear modem/router, I've tried plugging that into the laptop but for some reason as soon as I plug it in the internet won't work and it says that my current connection to the other router is local only... any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

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I have a desktop PC and a laptop PC both running Windows XP. I have set up a home network with my desktop as MAIN and laptop as AUXILLARY. The network functions in many respects: for example, I can print from my laptop through my desktop to which the printer is connected. I can read certain files in my MAIN documents from my AUXILLARY. I have a tax program on MAIN. I have shared it with my AUXILLARY but when I access the program from AUXILLARY, it begins with a blank return rather than with the return I have already completed. I have tried to share the completed return but apparently I have not found a way of doing that. I tried to put what I thought was the completed file in the shared documents, but that did not work. The tax program is from TaxAct, by 2nd Story Software. I works well.

Any suggestions?

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Computer 1 - Win98SE
Computer 2 - Win98
Computer 3 - WinXP Pro

Linksys 10/100 Switch w/5 port switch
Linksys Router w/5 port switch
Cable Modem

Computer 1 connected to Router
Computer 2 , 3 connected to Switch
Switch uplinked to Router.
Router linked to Modem
Hardware setup has been working fine. Computer 3
had WFW 3.11 on it but took the drive out and am
testing XP on #3.
Installed OS to a new drive and everything loaded fine.
In trying to find my way around, I managed to locate
the My Network Places option to see the other computers
in my network.

#1 was listed in the "Local Network" section and #2
was listed in the "Internet" section (don't remember the
exact heading title). If I clicked on the drive in the Local
section, it would show the folders as it should. The computer
in the Internet section would not open.

Did a right click to see what "Properties" info was on the C:\
drive in the Internet section and ALL of the drives disappeared.

Re-ran the Network Setup Wizard and while the drives
were listed, I kept getting an error message that the path
could not be found for all of the drives tried.

Re-ran the NSW again and it just got worse; kept telling me
that the user name/computer name format was incorrect. Gave
up at that point.

Had bought an XP reference book (MS Windows XP: Inside Out --
MS Press ) so I got it out and started reading. Followed the
steps but no help.

Tonight, I decided to try again. Ran the NSW and now ... Read more

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Hello Everyone- I am new to this forum and brand new to wireless networking. I was hoping some of you kind souls could help me with some security questions. I have done all the usual stuff recommended in terms of securing my wireless home network....I.E....Turned off broadcasting and changed the name of my SSID, Enabled MAC Filtering, changed the default password, disabled remote access, enabled WAP encryption(WPA2 not offered through my service provider yet). I also have anti virus, anti spyware, and firewall protection installed and enabled. My questions are as follows:

1.) In order for my wireless network to be hacked wirelessely(I.E....someone uses netstumbler or similar program that picks up unbroadcasted networks[I know netstumbler doesn't do that so well]to pick up network,crack encryption, gather packets, etc)....does the wardriver have to actually be able to pick up my wireless signal? I live in a fairly isolated area and I do not think my signal would be to strong, if picked up at all, off my property. I am going to go out with netstumbler on my laptop and my SSID on broadcast later and see if it picks it up off my property....but assuming it does not can the wireless network still be hacked without being able to pick up that signal. I know it can still be hacked in the traditional manner I.E....through e-mails, phishing, pharming etc....but my concern is the wireless hacking.

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If I'm able to, how would I go about running a network hub from an existing port on the router?

I.E. Modem->Router->PCs/Hub->TV/PC

In theory I'm trying to run a wired connection to my room and have the ability to have my PC/TV and any other devices connected to the network physically, my wireless strength isn't exactly good and it's very inconsistent at best when it comes to my internet speeds makes it a bit harder to watch Netflix/Play games.

Any insight would be wonderful!

A:Question about a home network using a Linksys WRT54GS2

Modem > Router >

Then use a LAN port on the router to connect to a LAN port on the hub.

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i use w7 on my desktop to connect to the net
i use a lot of emails and firefox
i connect to the net via lan & router
1 pc

in the w7 Change advantage sharring
i have
Public(current profile)
and they are both enabled

i did not understand the different between home/work and public

should i keep both enabled ?
or should i turn off one?

best regards

A:question about network Home/work or Public

I won't pretend to be an expert on the subject, since I only started using a LAN network recently myself, but since there is only 1 PC involved, and you say nothing about needing to connect to some other network via the internet, I don't understand why you need either? Perhaps if you explained more fully as to how you use a network it would help get a better answer.

EDIT: Rethinking the question and what I said, it dawned on me that the OS treats peripherals such as routers, modems and printers as part of a network. If your network is limited to these, all that you need is to setup a home network, not work or public.

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This is perhaps the easiest question ever for some of you. I have just set up a Linksys wireless router using the "wired" ethernet ports for sharing a dsl connection. What is my next step to view files and share files between the 2 computers. Do I go into "my documents" > right click > share > on both computers? Is that it. My main machine is Vista x64 and the other is XP. If i click on the computer I connected in widows explorer, it just gives me an error saying network path not found. I understand because I haven't set up a network, (have I?) I'm just sharing a connection. What is a good set of steps I need to take now. Thanks for any help.

A:Question on home network file share

Hi, Nate42nd

Have a look at this page here and if you have any specific problems post back and will try to help ...

Teach XP and Vista to play nice on networks

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I have four systems that I'd like to be able to share information between.
Not using a "server" approach, but a "workgroup" approach. However, there is
a twist.

1) Using a four port router to permit internet access for three systems.
2) Using internet sharing on one PC to permit internet access for the fourth
system (don't have location of 4th PC wired, with no plans to wire it or use

Now, the problem:
1) Three of the systems can map easily to the shared folders of each other
and the primary home system (i.e. \\<sysName>\<sharedFolder>).
2) The fourth system (connected to 2nd eithernet card on third system, and
it using internet sharing) cannot use the same method to access the primary
system. It must use the IP address to map to the folder (i.e.
3) The IP address is not always consistant after powerdown/restart, so the
fixed map of the fourth system must be reentered (at times.)
4) All firewalls are turned off for all systems.

How can I have the "network" (workgroup) recognize the fourth system
(although it is directly connected to the third system using an eithernet
patch cable) to permit sharing of information with that system?

Thank you for your help.

A:Solved: Home network connectivity question

Solved: Went to another forum, and received suggested solution which appears to work. Both posted at same time, other responded.

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I'm expanding my home network and would like to ensure the approach below will work before I sink money and effort into the project (or worse, my wife laughs at me). I've done quite a bit of searching on the internet and can't seem to find a detailed "how-to" that applies, I suppose because of the sheer variety of configurations. I have experience setting up a simple home network of four computers, but nothing beyond that.

My current computer equipment is primarily in the basement and on the first floor. It all connects in through a Linksys Cable/DSL router with 8-port switch (BEFSR81 ver 3.1) which is housed in my basement. Although it took a bit of tinkering to set up, everything has been going smoothly for the last year or so. All of the computers run Windows Vista or Windows XP. One of the computers uses VPN to connect to work.

Now for the change. We're currently converting our attic into a working 3rd floor which will have an office and kid's bedroom, both of which need internet access. The primary uses will be web and email, with some light webcam applications. There are a number of open walls now due to plumbing changes, so I'm thinking I should go ahead and set up a wired network. I've figured out where to physically run all of the wires and already know how to install Ethernet wall jacks.

My main questions have to do with how to best connect the router in the basement to the Ethernet jacks in the 3rd floor rooms.

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