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Anonymous asked in Computers & InternetComputer Networking · 1 decade ago

Network two pcs with three ethernet cards?

I have two computers, and I have run out of ports on my little switch. So i plan to install a 2nd ethernet card in a PCI slot on one of them. then use a patch cable to connect them. So that one of the PCs connects to the switch, and then the other ethernet card connects the two computers. allowing one of them to use the internet through the other. will this work? kind of like bridge them together?


well the thing is i have the extra card and the crossover cable ready to go. so i wouldn't have to spend any money.

5 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    why not just get a second switch... you can pick one up for around $25

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Not a good option, there are many problems with configuration using bridging. Switches are so cheap now you are better to buy a larger one. Between the cost of an extra card, and the special cross-over cable you will need to buy, there will be little difference in cost and a faster more reliable connection.

  • 1 decade ago

    your way requires a 'crossover' cable between the two computers. you're better off getting a router to replace the switch.

  • KeWr
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    If you can get that to work, you'll have to do quite a bit of configuring and routing on your dual NIC computer.

    Just go get a hub, man....hang it off the switch you already have.

    You can get em for 15-20 bucks.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes it will work you have to bridge them like you said and should work

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