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Thread: Networking Config Error and Sygate too!

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    Red face Networking Config Error and Sygate too!

    I decided I wanted to network my 2 home PCs and also use Sygate to take advantage of the installed cable modem.

    I bought two Netgear NICs (FA310TX) and 50' of Cat5 network cable.

    I installed the NICs succesfully, but I'm having trouble configuring the network.

    For the server PC (w/ the cable modem) I manually assigned an IP address of and a subnet mask of

    For the client I manually assigned an IP address of and the same subnet mask.

    I was unsure if it was necessary to create a workgroup under the "Identification" tab in Network props, but I did and both PCs are set for the same workgroup.

    The Network control panel for both PCs looks right (ie. TCP/IP is installed and bound to the proper adapter).

    But, the computers still cannot find each other on the Network.

    The PC w/ the cable modem has a NIC in addition to the one intended for use of the network so I'm wondering if there might be multi-homing problems.

    Sygate did not work for the same reason that the PCs were not able to find each other on the Network.

    I suspect it's a software/config error; does anyone have any suggestions?

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    Advanced Member monty's Avatar
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    Nov 1999



    You stated that you bought 50' of cable. You made no mention of a switch or hub! You can't connect 2 computers together using regular cable. If you don't want to buy a switch or hub, you need a crossover cable. This type reverses wires 1-3 and 2-6, so that the receive on one end is connected to the transmit on the other.

    Otherwise, get a switch. You'll get much better performance than with just a crossover cable or a hub.


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