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    Multiple IP addresses (XP Pro SP-1)

    I have a desktop with a DSL connection and a dynamic IP address assigned by my ISP's DHCP server. I want to add a laptop running XP Home to make a home network. How do I get the two to talk to each other, given that the laptop will have a static IP address in the 10.0.0.0 series? I have only one NIC in the desktop. Will I have to add a second?

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    Re: Multiple IP addresses (XP Pro SP-1)

    It seems to me that you should buy a DSL router/switch - I happen to be partial to Linksys, but there are many and for a 2 port, pretty inexpensive. You should be able to run the router AND the computers with DHCP to the ISP and inbound to the computers. I believe the router would then get its dynamic IP from the ISP and assign IPs to the two computers, probably in the 192.168.x.x range. A setup such as this requires only one NIC in each PC and has the added benefit that each PC operates independently of the other, as opposed to ICS via Windows. Of course, a router also adds a modicum of security as well.

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    Re: Multiple IP addresses (XP Pro SP-1)

    Well said.
    -Mark

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