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    2 computers to 1 broadband connection

    I recently finally got broadband.
    I want to connect my new computer and my old one to my connection. My provider has gave me the instructions to do this, but my old computer does not have a network/lan card, so I cannot connect using a ethernet cable.

    So, does anyone know how much this would cost? Or could I do it myself and all I need is the card?

    Thanks in advance

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    standard lan cards (10/100mbps) cost about £3 on ebay and are dead easy to fit into a free PCI slot. Use either ICS or a router to share the internet connection.

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    Cheers. Do you happen to know of somewhere with instructions on how to add the card? Im more of the "software" type.

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    Erm not really, but it is quite simple:
    1) open up your computer
    2) find a free PCI slot and remove the slot case cover by undoing the screw and removing the bit of metal.
    3) place the card into the slot (look at previously installed cards to get a idea of this)
    4) when it is installed, put the screw back in
    5) boot up your pc and install the drivers
    6) connect the ethernet lead (if doing a direct connection between 2 computers use cat5e
    6) when it all works, close up the case

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    Thanks a lot Jamie, one query that I am not sure of...
    5) boot up your pc and install the drivers
    The drivers for what exactly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bfsog
    The drivers for what exactly?
    for your network card. however usually XP and 2k install it automatically


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