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    At the moment we hav five computers networked togther but to connect to the net we must have the main 1.Is there a way of being able 2 connect to the net with out having the main computer on?
    many thanks
    monkeyhead

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    Yes.

    Im not a techie, and im sure there is more than one answer on how to.

    Using a Router that supports NAT as a gateway for them all should work.



    However it also depends upon what OS they have.

    Networking with Win 98 AND XP is notoriously bad, however if they are all Win2000 or above there should be no problems.

    An It Harm None, Do What You Will

  3. Software & Hardware   -   #3
    Its not so bad to have win98, you just have to install netbios on the xp computer.
    For info on networks i recommend you try http://www.homenethelp.com

    Edit it seems to be down for the moment, but its the clearest resource on networking i've seen on the net

  4. Software & Hardware   -   #4
    Originally posted by monkeyhead@5 October 2003 - 02:12
    At the moment we hav five computers networked togther but to connect to the net we must have the main 1.Is there a way of being able 2 connect to the net with out having the main computer on?
    many thanks
    monkeyhead
    may we ask what type of internet connection are you on?

  5. Software & Hardware   -   #5
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    as lond as he not on 56k he should be fine
    for all those you need arouter
    linksys is what i got, super easy to set up

  6. Software & Hardware   -   #6
    Originally posted by Rat Faced@4 October 2003 - 11:20
    Using a Router that supports NAT as a gateway for them all should work.

    However it also depends upon what OS they have.

    Networking with Win 98 AND XP is notoriously bad, however if they are all Win2000 or above there should be no problems.
    OS choice becomes pretty much a non-factor with a router. whether you've got Windows, MacOS, Linux, etc etc, as long as it supports DHCP and has a standard web browser (like IE or Mozilla) that can be used to access the router's config page (the router generates its config access as a webpage), it's easy as pie. most desktop OS's auto-detect the LAN/router connection if you have it plugged it during OS installation.

  7. Software & Hardware   -   #7
    Originally posted by muchspl2@5 October 2003 - 16:46
    as lond as he not on 56k he should be fine
    for all those you need arouter
    linksys is what i got, super easy to set up
    same here super easy to set-up!

  8. Software & Hardware   -   #8
    so with the linksys router i dnt have to turn the main computer on for the others to connect to the internet?

  9. Software & Hardware   -   #9
    Originally posted by monkeyhead@5 October 2003 - 18:34
    so with the linksys router i dnt have to turn the main computer on for the others to connect to the internet?
    with a broadband router (Linksys) you don't need to turn on PC that you won't be using

  10. Software & Hardware   -   #10
    I have the following interenet specs:
    BT Broadbound
    Alcatel USB Modem
    a network hub

    So if i had a Linksys Router(please could you point to a good model&#33
    How does it connect to the net?

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