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Old 05-29-2005, 11:47 AM   #1
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So I have a wireless network setup at home with 4 computers tied to it (1 desktop wired directly to the router, 2 desktops with wireless cards, and my notebook with a wireless card) and I'd like to add another computer to it. This computer will be located such that plugging directly to the router via ethernet cable is not possible and moving the router is not really an option. So what I want to do is see if it's possible to link this 5th computer to my desktop via a NIC to NIC connection. The "host" (forgive me if I'm screwing up network terminology) computer has a wireless card and a regular NIC and is running XP-pro. The new computer is an old box I got from a friend and is running 2000 Server. It used to run EQ ok and I'm really tired of dealing with my crappy laptop or trying to do 2 instances on my main desktop (which only has half a gig of RAM and doesn't like the added stress at all) in order to 2 box.

Is there a best way to do this? I'd rather not mess around with the OS on either system. The easiest solution would of course be to buy another wireless card, but I'm trying to be cheap. Let me know if I haven't explained this enough and thanks in advance for any advice.
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Old 05-29-2005, 05:59 PM   #2
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Should work fine as long as you have internet connection sharing on the 1st computer.

Of course, you're going from wireless to wired connection sharing, which may lose you a bit of bandwidth, but aside from that its ok.

PS: win2k server is probably not the best platform for EQ. Never tried it, but as a server, it has a lot of resource hogs going on you don't really need for an EQ platform.
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Old 05-30-2005, 11:19 PM   #3
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You're going to want a Crossover cable to make the NIC-to-NIC connection, a standard ethernet cable will give you a "network cable is unplugged" error.

In addition, you're going to want to be running Windows XP with SP2 on the two computers you're connecting. In my experience, it's been next to impossible to share a wireless internet connection with a wired computer otherwise. Windows XP (prior to Service Pack 2) will not allow the connections to be bridged, and the wired computer will not see the other computer's wireless connection as a valid internet connection to tap into.

Your mileage may vary of course, but that's been my experience.
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Old 05-31-2005, 09:20 AM   #4
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Sounds like Horm's going to buy another wireless card

Maybe I'll fuss with it a bit and see if I can coerce them into playing nice but sounds like the simplest option is to pay the ~$50 and be done with it. God I miss my good old-fashioned wired network. Wireless is such a PITA.

Thanks for the help btw
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