So two neighbors of mine, we’ll call them Chris & Steve, asked me to help connect their two desktop PCs so they can both share the cable Internet connection.
I haven’t networked stuff for years, and that was coax Enternet and Novell Netware, so this will be a learning curve for me. Any advice will be much appreciated.
First, the equipment setup. Computer #1, PC running Windows 98SE, both USB ports occupied.
Computer #2, a newer PC running XP.
The rest of the specs shouldn’t be important at this time; suffice to say that Charter Cable says they are adequate. I am going to assume there are card slots available in each computer.
Since #1 is the unit that is on most of the time for business, we thought we’d use it for the main cable connection, even though it’s not the fastest or newest. RAM could be upgraded later.
Charter Cable will connect up one computer with an external cable modem, install whatever they need for Internet access, then the rest is up to us. #1 is short an open USB socket, so we’ll need a hub, right?
Since the computers are on different floors, maybe get two WiFi cards to network them. Any suggestions on card brands/models? Speed isn’t too important, and the distance between units will be less than 50 feet.
I suggested upgrading the 98 computer to XP to make it easier, but that’s not going to happen this year. So will the instructions and/or software that come with consumer-packaged WiFi cards be sufficient to get the job done?
How much grief have I volunteered for?