I am try to set up a simple home network.
2 PCs - fairly powerful
Windows XP on each
A Netcomm Gigabit Ethernet adaptor in each
A Cat 5 cable connect to each card green light is on on both.
My level of computer knowlege - intermediate
My level of network knowledge - complete beginner, have got some going years ago with Windows 3.11 but more by sheer luck.
I went through the setup wizard on both machines (not really knowing what I was doing)
One machine - my main one does not have Network Neigbourhood showing on the Startup Menu
The other one - my workstation does have the Network Neighboughood showing and on this machine I can see the name of the network and the name of the two computers.
My problem/queries are
Do I have to go through the wizard again on the main machine ?
Do I need a cross over cable rather than Cat 5 cable ? (is there such a thing ?)
Do I need a hub or switch ?
I do have a Dynalink ADSL2+ router which I am using for my internet connection on the main machine (I can still access the net)
Why are local area networks and internet connections spoken of in the same breath and why does Windows XP treat them as very similar. To my old fashioned mind they are seperate things.
Any help would be appreciated.