PCI Card, Cross-Over Cable...question!

Khaydarin

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I'm on the DoD network here at school (Annapolis), so I can only directly connect my issued computer (a Dell) up to the internet. I was told my someone outside of school (and confirmed it with some tech people here) that I could probably do this (see below) to get a separate desktop hooked up to the net as well:

- put an extra Networking PCI card into my old Dell's motherboard (which is connected to the wall)
- create a bridge in My Network Connections between the Networking PCI card and the Dell's motherboard ethernet
- run a cross-over cable between the Networking PCI card and the new computer's motherboard.

And thus....get internet on the new computer.

What internet settings do I have to change to accomplish this? When I tried just enabling the bridge, I lost my internet connection.
 

YeOldeStonecat

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Just use native Windows ICS...run the wizard.

Just about all new computers now have a gigabit NIC that's built in. Part of the gigabit standard is auto MDI-X...so crossover cables have gone the way of the floppy drive now...extinction! As long as 1 of the two NICs is gigabit...it'll automatically take care of the direction for you.
 
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yeeah, you need to run the Internet Connection Sharing wizard to make your main computer do some NAT action for your other computer. simply setting up a bridge isn't going to do much for you. :)
 

Khaydarin

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Just use native Windows ICS...run the wizard.

Just about all new computers now have a gigabit NIC that's built in. Part of the gigabit standard is auto MDI-X...so crossover cables have gone the way of the floppy drive now...extinction! As long as 1 of the two NICs is gigabit...it'll automatically take care of the direction for you.
Two questions...
- What is a gigabit NIC?
- Why are cross-over cables "heading towards extinction" again?
 

TopGun

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A gigibait nic is a 1000mbit network card (10/100/1000) instead of (10/100).
Cross over cables are going extinct because most newer networking devices
can automatically detect what they're connected to and emulate a cross over cable if needed.

The best way I could describe it.
 

Khaydarin

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Oh ok. So I can just hook the cable up to the motherboard of the Dell (connected to the wall) and the new PC? You're saying I don't need the extra Networking PCI card at all?
 
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