I am recommending the same set-up as joco1141.
First, ensure that each machine has a NIC (Network Interface Card). Most newer machines have them built in now, so if your machines are of recent vintage, you are likely ready to go. Now check your network settings. Each machine should hae its own name (“Mine” and “Yours” for example) and should be a member of the same workgroup (“Home” for example). If you have Windows 2000 or XP, you can easily check this by right clicking on My Computer and selecting properties. Older versions of Windows have different methods to achieve this. You’ll need to restart if you make any changes.
Next, look at your network connections. Ensure they are set to Obtain an IP address automatically. This means you can use the DHCP of the router that you will be getting.
Now, go down to your favorite computer equipment store (or go online) and look for a router. a 4 port router should be sufficient for your needs. Unless you are planning on getting a laptop or have friends over with laptops, skip the wireless routers (getting harder and harder to do these days) and get yourself one that is just wired. I frequently use the LinkSys routers. They are pretty solid and have given me problems only in extreme circumstances (as have other consumer grade routers in similar circumstances).
You’ll also need two lengths of CAT5e cabling to connect the router to the computers. Measure the distance as the cable will lie, so you get the correct lengths of cable–you can’t stretch them.
Once you get this stuff home, set up the router accordin to the manufacturer’s directions. It is pretty straight forward, just be sure to plug in your cable from the DSL modem into the proper hole (now usually labeled Internet). Now they give you a CD to set up the router, but I have had terrible luck with it, and just go in and manually set it up. You’ll need to enter your ISP’s information–username and password, set up the DHCP server and then you are ready to go. If you opt for the manual install, you’ll need to change the IP address of the machine you are using to one in the router’s range and just use your browser to cantact the router.
Be sure you set a new password for the router and keep the password in a safe place. If you forget it, youi’ll need to reset the router when you need to go in and make changes to it.
If you have a wireless option, and wish to set that up, go right ahead, once you ensre the router is working in wired mode correctly. When you set it up, you’ll need to change the SSID, and hide it, and set the encryption type and level you wish to use. Then set up your wireless clients likewise. Especially, if you live in close quarters, and appartment building, a condo, etc., change the channel from the default.
Another way to go, and not necessarily less expensive, is to use the built-in Internet connection sharing. However, you will need another NIC in the machine that is connected to the modem, and that machine will need to be up and running to share the connection.
Your modem probably desn’t have more than one port. You need a router or small switch, connecting the uplink port on that to the ADSL modem. The router or switch will give the computers in yor house IP addresses. The default is 192.168.0.x subnet. Your provider should have given you information on their network. Once the computers are up, you should test the house first by pinging the router / switch, then an IP address of the provider. If that works, then try opening a web page.
Go to your local computer store and purchase a DSL netgear router. You will need a cable from the router to the DSL modem, this will come in the box with the router. You will need two cables similar to the one in the router box. Follow the directions with the router and you will be done. The router comes with a CD that you can install on the PC, it will do all the work for you. When you have the first one done, remember the information that you entered, and do the same on the second computer. There a pictures with the router you purchase making is easy.
I agree with Stevesz solutions to your problem, but prefer the use of the built in internet sharing program. It’s less expensive (in terms of setup time and equipment). You’ll only need 1 length o Cat5e crossover cable, another NIC for the system on which the ADSL is connected (if it doesn’t have a spare) which is much cheaper than a router. Only issue is that both systems must be on for you to have access on the second computer, but it’s relatively much easier to setup.
to make LAN in your house you must have :
1- make peer to peer network by using hub to connect more than one machine
2- connect cable form DSL modem to your hub
3- then connect your machine depends in your hubs board , but in your mine not more than 10 machine in peer to peer network
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Do your PC’s have Network cards? if not you might be advised to connect them using Wireless cards and have Wireless access to adsl.
The company who provice adsl will supply access unit with Wireless.
Get 2 Wireless cards for the PC’s and if you have Windows XP the rest should be easy.
Go to Best Buy and they have a Netgear 4 Port wireless router for $29 with no rebates. Will work just fine for you.
I have to agree with all those suggesting that you obtain a router. This will be very easy to set up and you have lots of room for growth. These routers are inexpensive and they will save you a lot of headaches as time goes on. I have had various types and they all work very well. $29 – $50 is little to spend when you think about it and you will have some added security features.
Both answers are very good and right on. The only other consideration – is the ADSL using a Router, or Modem? Ifit’s a router, you’ll have a double router situation that can get ugly. We would have to have more info to help with that.
Hold on everybody, first things first, almost all of you are assuming that the computers are next to each other, and that they want a peer – peer network. Some basic info first, are the two computers next to each other? If not then a wired solution may not be feasable. Second, it is not on a server domain, why do you insist on setting up a peer to peer, they may not want to share anything between them. Does the ADSL require a domain, most do not. Please answer about location of computers in house. I will be more than happy to help you get set up via Email. I do this for a living for a telecom company.