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Postby re# Skilgannon on Sun Jul 29, 2012 1:20 pm

hi guys

if your desktop is connected to a LAN is there anyway you can connect/peer/tether a lap top to the same network using your desktop?

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Re: question regarding laptops and networking

Postby Enigma on Sun Jul 29, 2012 2:17 pm

Yeah, use two ethernet cards
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Re: question regarding laptops and networking

Postby re# Skilgannon on Sun Jul 29, 2012 2:25 pm

so it is possible then

ok so I need 2 ethernet cards in the desktop then connect the desktop to the network and the laptop to the desktop using the second ethernet card?

you will have to excuse me am not the most technical person ;)
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Re: question regarding laptops and networking

Postby Kaelan002 on Sun Jul 29, 2012 2:33 pm

Use an ethernet switch?

What exactly are you trying to do?
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Re: question regarding laptops and networking

Postby re# Skilgannon on Sun Jul 29, 2012 2:35 pm

ok here is the scenario

there is one network cable

I want to be able to connect both the desktop and the laptop to the network

there is no wifi
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Re: question regarding laptops and networking

Postby Kaelan002 on Sun Jul 29, 2012 2:54 pm

Buy a small ethernet switch.

An ethernet switch links everything together and "switches" packets from the input pipe to whatever computer they are designated for, and the other way around.

It does exactly what you want, its essentially the same thing as connecting multiple devices to the same wifi spot.

You just plug'n'play everything into it via ethernet cables, it doesn't require any software or configuring.

I've found TP-link to generally be pretty good, not a big brand like Netgear but it's considerably cheaper.

10/100: Amazon
Gigabit: Amazon

[you can also get them with 8 and 16 ports]
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Re: question regarding laptops and networking

Postby Unspecified on Sun Jul 29, 2012 2:57 pm

Yeah as Kaelan says a ethernet switch is by far the most reliable/easier way to do it, there are others including sharing the connection out from the pc via a wifi adapter or 2nd network card, but they are more hassle and less reliable.

I use one of these myself, though the ones kaelan links should be just fine.

Gigabit is faster than 10/100 - depends on what is on the other end of cable though as to whether or not the speed boost is useful for anything other than moving data between the laptop and pc.
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Re: question regarding laptops and networking

Postby re# Skilgannon on Sun Jul 29, 2012 2:59 pm

thanks guys I shall take a look :)
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Re: question regarding laptops and networking

Postby re# Skilgannon on Sun Jul 29, 2012 3:00 pm

oh one last question, would putting a small ethernet switch in be picked up by the network peeps monitoring the network?
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Re: question regarding laptops and networking

Postby Deathtaker27 on Sun Jul 29, 2012 3:02 pm

Depends on their software, but generally yes, however I doubt anyone would complain.
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Re: question regarding laptops and networking

Postby re# Skilgannon on Sun Jul 29, 2012 3:07 pm

depends LOL!
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Re: question regarding laptops and networking

Postby Unspecified on Sun Jul 29, 2012 3:08 pm

They could detect the switch if they are looking for one, but dependant on the situation they may not be looking for one. They will however see both your laptop and your pc being assigned addresses on the network, so if its in a scenario where you are only allowed one device they will probably notice that fact first.
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Re: question regarding laptops and networking

Postby re# Skilgannon on Sun Jul 29, 2012 3:12 pm

not worth the risk then :)
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Re: question regarding laptops and networking

Postby Kaelan002 on Sun Jul 29, 2012 3:15 pm

Going to share the context? :P
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Re: question regarding laptops and networking

Postby re# Skilgannon on Sun Jul 29, 2012 3:18 pm

nope :P
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Re: question regarding laptops and networking

Postby Security on Mon Jul 30, 2012 1:34 pm

Unspecified wrote:They could detect the switch if they are looking for one, but dependant on the situation they may not be looking for one. They will however see both your laptop and your pc being assigned addresses on the network, so if its in a scenario where you are only allowed one device they will probably notice that fact first.

It might not even work if they have the ports locked to a MAC address but I never actually heard of anyone actually using that feature in a real life setup. :P

And yeah the biggest giveaway would be the extra machine, until you mentioned that I didn't even think of that. :D
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