DHCP refers to the automatic assigning of IP addresses (unique computer id numbers used to address infomation on a network - think of it as a postal address for a house) in a large business environment, and would be a terrible choice for a 2 computer home network.
What you are trying to accomplish will require a lot of study/learning/etc, but can be done relatively easily. You will def need to do some reading on basic computer networking and TCPIP to get off the ground. Basically, you need to:
-computer #1 (assuming you have DSL/broadband of some kind) install a 2nd network card in the computer that is connected to the internet. Assign an ip address to the 2nd (newly installed) net adapter (the first net card will use an ip address assigned by your isp) and enable ip forwarding between the two interfaces. this is where a basic conceptual knowledge of TCPIP is critical - you must chose an ip scheme and understand it... if you are completely lost, use ip add 10.1.1.1 with a subnet mask of 255.255.0.0
- configure the network card of computer #2 with a different ip address (suggestion: 10.1.1.2) and set the default gateway to the ip address assigned to the second (newly installed) network adapter on computer #1 ( 10.1.1.1 if you used my suggestion above)... sub mask 255.255.0.0
connect the two computers with a special "crossover" lan cable - ordinarly cable will not work unless you are using a hub. use IP utilities (PING, TRACERT, etc) to verify connectivity, etc.
did I leave anything out guys?
Last edited by t3___; 01-09-2004 at 01:03 PM.