totally new to network. Pls help.

I have two PCs at home and i want to connect them directly (pc-to-pc).

My modem is connected to the network port on my mobo so i installed a network card. And i dont know how to do it. windows wizrds didnt help.

now im asking your help
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  1. The easiest way is to take back the network card and buy a router.
  2. If you have a free network port on each PC all you will need is a crossover cable.
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    If you have a free network port on each PC all you will need is a crossover cable.
    The OP said he bought a second NIC for his one computer and can't get it to work. Assuming the second computer needs access to the internet, the crossover cable is "all you will need" hardware wise (since he bought a second NIC), but not all he will need hassle wise.

    He'll need to get the second NIC functioning properly, set up ICS in the home network setup wizard, and then always have his one PC powered on whenever he wants access to the internet from the other PC.

    Taking the second NIC back and instead buying a router is much simpler, and gives each computer an independent connection to the internet, as well as providing the file sharing he was after.

    Now, if he doesn't care about accessing the internet from the second computer, things are simpler, but he still needs to get his new NIC functioning.
  4. While you are right about less hassle and maybe the OP might be willing to spend an extra 20-30$ I all depends on why he needs to network the 2 comps.

    And setting up a network is as easy as 1,2,3 (though I've gotta admit it is easier with a router)
  5. the reason for setting up the network is file and internet sharing. and keeping 1 pc on all the time is no problem.

    i'm totally new to networking. i thought a cross-over cable would the best option cos its only two pcs. and since i already have the hardware how do i set up the network with cross over?
  6. You plug the cable between the two computers and run the network setup wizard on each machine to set up your network and internet connection sharing. I will warn you, however, ICS can be a PITA.
  7. While it should be easy I have to admit that windows built in ICS is not the best of solutions as Iceblue mentioned above. One thing that you could try is to use a 3rd party proxy server.
    You can find a list of free ones here
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