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    I have a Dell Deminsion xps b600r pentium 3 and my daughter has a
    Dell Deminsion xps r450 Pentium 2, both with 128mb memory,
    both with US Robotics v90 56k voice PCI
    both with Windows 89se
    I have a telephone line used exclusively for my computer internet connection..
    If I were to have the telephone company install another jack
    leading from my jack into her room, would we be able to share my Earthlink
    Account connection, maybe using a lan setup?

    I have already tried using an intel
    wireless setup, it ran very slowly and I could not be on line at the same time
    as it said, even without me online she could not stay connected, in the middle
    of a download it would drop the connection.

    Please let me know any suggestions you or anyone else might have
    for me my daughter desperately wants to get connected.

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    Re: network

    No experience with Earthlink, other than the odd passing tourist. However they are able to access their account from the Hotel's business centre, so I would assume you could share the account with a second PC in the same house.

    Being a dialup connection though you won't be able to both access the line at the same time, unless you have some smart Telco service available to you.

    ED by GW to remove some typos, and I reread it before I posted.
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    Re: network

    Adding to Granville's reply, you need to check with Earthlink to see if they allow "concurrent logons." In other words, can two people log into the same account at the same time? Most ISPs do not limit this but check first.

    And about that Intel network - I had a miserable experience with their home networking components. Great idea, but it's badly in need of a polish job. If you haven't already, take it back to the vendor and get your money back. I ended up doing exactly what I tried to avoid, and that was running CAT-5 network cable through the house and installing a small network hub to share a DSL line. Not something I'd recommend most people try, or go to the expense of.....a second phone line would be equally effective for a modem.

    Setting up a home LAN would be good only if you want to share files and other resources like printers. If that's not an issue for you, avoid the headache!! A last point to consider - you'll pay a monthly fee for a second phone line, whereas with a small LAN you have a higher initial cost but no ongoing fee.
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    Re: network

    Thanks for the reply Granville, I was hoping you might have other suggestions on how to network between the two computers. Is there a way to use some kind of hardware solution? If so , Is there a simple explanation of how to do it out there somewhere? I have no knowledge of hardware or how to set it up if I purchased it. I would be grateful for further help or information on this.
    Thanks in advance,
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    Re: network

    Thanks for the extra information
    Mark, I will try to work something out.
    Gerri

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    Re: network

    Easiest way would be to buy a couple of NIC's (Network interface Cards), plug them in, buy a crossover cable and you're almost home and dry.
    Take a look at <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.helmig.com/j_helmig/faq.htm>http://www.helmig.com/j_helmig/faq.htm</A> which may give you an overview of what you will need to do.
    If you feel you are really clueless - and I in no may mean to be derogatory here - something simple like a Dummies Guide to Networking may be an ideal way to give you the information you need to know without blinding you with info you don't.

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    Re: network

    Leif, thanks for the great advise. I will try the internet one first and if i still feel frustrated I will try the dummies book.

    Gerri <img src=/S/book.gif border=0 alt=book width=15 height=15>

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    Re: network

    The "For Dummies Book is a great resource, HOWEVER, you are using two laptops. Are they docked (do you connect to a docking station that is connected to another monitor, keyboard and mouse) or do you use them straight up (open them and go). The card for laptops can be expensive. On the other hand a monthly phone bill gets boring. I would get two network cards and a reversing cable. You would be sharing 1 phone line and could both log onto the internet but it would be very slow (the connection that is). If you can afford a 2nd line I would go cable and connect that way (again reference the "Dummies" book). I am writing a class proposal for Home Networking and will check in depth more out for you as time permits.

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    Re: network

    Further to Leifs suggestion and without wanting to get too technical, with Win98SE you can share the internet connection across the network. So your machine can be connected to the internet via the phone line already installed, and your daughter can also be using the internet via your connection and the network. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: network

    Thanks a bunch Mike, this is just what I was looking for, Is there written info somewhere about how to set up this network? If not could you or someone give me detailed instruction on how to accomplish this? Would this be thru my dialup networking settings? Oops I got so excited I guess I'm asking to many questions.

    I am truly grateful ,
    Gerri <img src=/S/fanfare.gif border=0 alt=fanfare width=31 height=23>

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    Re: network

    Kent, thanks for respondong. however I do not have any laptops, I have two dell pentium desktops with windows98se as per my previous posts named gerrigirl.

    Gerri <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

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    Re: network

    Ok if we look at the sharing issue separately from the hardware - you need to set the network up as suggested by Leif - the go to Start, Settings, Control Panel, Add and Remove Programs. Select Internet Settings in the list and click Details. At the top of the list will be Internet Connection Sharing. Click in the little box to place a tick there and click ok. Once that has been installed you will then be able to set it up using the wizard that automatically configures it. The first thing though i to set the network up and have the 2 machines "seeing each other".

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    Re: network

    Thanks Mike, I think I can do this with your excellent details.
    I really appreciate all the effort you great people have been through on my behalf.

    Sincerely,

    Gerri <img src=/S/rose.gif border=0 alt=rose width=15 height=15>

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