Setting up older computer to new one with cable modem-help

Discussion in 'Windows Networking' started by Daniel, Dec 17, 2003.

  1. Daniel

    Daniel Guest

    I did a search and could not find an exact explanation.
    Anyway, I have a 600mhz Dell W98SE with an ethernet card for my cable
    I just bought a 2.4Ghz Emachines XP with an included ethernet card.

    I realize to transfer files I could use a crossover cable, BUT
    I would like to use both computers, probably utilizing the speed of
    the new computer as my main unit, and being able to access the older
    computer's programs/files, and use it for storage mostly.

    So would I need a router? A crossover cable leaves no more outputs to
    hook the cable modem up too, right?

    I am not computer literate, but if there is a way to explain what I
    need, I would appreciate it.

    For example, I was hoping there was a way under "My Computer" on the display ALL the drives and access them like I do now on
    my old machine. Currently I have a C,D, E,and F drives on the old
    computer. Could I use the Emachines...see it's C Drive, and also the
    new D,E,F,G on my old computer? Basically use the new CPU in the
    Emachines to control everything, but have the full funtionality of
    both computers.

    Thanks for your help,
    Daniel, Dec 17, 2003
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  2. Daniel

    BeamGuy Guest

    A router with a built in firewall will do all you want safely. There
    are cheaper less safe ways of doing this, but for $60 at retail prices
    why bother. It should come with all the instructions you need. Be
    sure to turn the firewall on.
    BeamGuy, Dec 17, 2003
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