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I'm pretty good with computers otherwise, but not even close when it comes to networking, so would you be able to tell me if this is possible?
I have a Motorola Surfboard Cable modem (not wireless), So the LAN wire goes into my PC. But i also have this USB wire that i can put in from the modem directly to my laptop.
and the IP address registered with the ISP is obviously the one for the PC.. ( if i put in the same ip on both the machines, naturally i get a conflict notification)
can i make a network using the lan wire and the usb wire which both go on this same MODEM? I know there has to be a way, but then..
Leaving it to the experts!
Thanks in advance, Do reply
(can i make a workgroup or something at all? OR is this not possible at all..)
Such cables cost about $25.
Search for direct "usb to usb"
The two computers both connect to one side of the router (and can then talk to each other on the little LAN you have created by doing that).
Your cable modem plugs in to the other side of the router.
Another option for networking would be to add another Ethernet NIC to the PC. Then you could use Windows ICS [google.com] to share the connection and link the machines together.
Microsoft has a lot of very straightforward articles with pictures and diagrams that describe various other ways to network Windows PCs: Setting up your network [microsoft.com]