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Old 07-14-2006, 08:10 AM   #1
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setting up network


Hello,
It's going to be a stupid questions, but I don't know much about networking. I'm about to get NTL broadband, I have 1 Desktop computer, a laptop, and a hub.
How should I connect them?
ntl modem + crossover cable -> hub

hub ---> 2 straight through cables to both computers
right?

Where shall I connect the crossover cable to the hub (from modem)?

the hub has 24 identical ports (grouped in fours)
(I don't have any manual to the hub)
What I mean by 'identical' is looking the same. there are no
labels below them.

How should I do it?
Is there any other, better way?

thanks
 
Old 07-14-2006, 08:58 AM   #2
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You can plug them in anywhere. Some hubs and switches have an 'uplink' port which does the crossover for you so you don't need a special crossover cable, but it sounds like yours doesn't, unless there's one specifically labelled 'uplink' (or something similar).
 
Old 07-14-2006, 10:42 AM   #3
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Hopefully this graph will help.
Code:
[MODEM]---[ROUTER]----[DESKTOP]
                   |
                   |--[LAPTOP]
Make sure that what you have is a router and not a hub. Modems accept only one piece of hardware to talk to them so two computers on a hub will not work. If that is done only ONE of the machines will be able to talk on the internet. This is what I just described graphically.

Code:
[MODEM]---[HUB]----[COMPUTER 1]
                 |
                 |X--[COMPUTER 2]
If you don't know what a router is you need to do research so that you can set up your network correctly. If you don't, you will be wasting your resources and possibly leaving yourself open to security holes. If you referred to your router as a hub by mistake then disregard all of the security junk and research I just threw at you.

Good luck!
 
Old 07-15-2006, 09:11 AM   #4
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Thanks
I bought a 4-port cable router, that should do.
 
  


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