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Want to network old slow puter to new fast puter. Old puter to slow to accept current DSL software. Earlier thread was answered but now have more ?'s. 1) whats better? a) hub b) switching hub c) dsl router
2) can the virus protection of new puter extend over
network to old puter?
3) will NTSF file system read a FAT 32 file system?
4) use new puter for online gaming, whats best way to
make sure the old puter does not interfere with gaming?
ps: old puter 4 mom to play.

ty norm :eek:

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1) whats better? a) hub b) switching hub c) dsl router

Use a broadband router. For one thing, you can't usually connect more than one computer to the modem at a time, because the modem only assigns a single IP address. Switches and hubs are "transparent" in that regard, so even if you use one, all of the computers connected to it are still essentially tied directly to the modem. A router solves this problem by using Network Address Translation (NAT) to allow all computers connected to it to use their own "private" IP address. The router then handles the job of directing each computer's network traffic to/from the modem. Switches and hubs also have no built-in firewalling features like routers do, so they offer no protection from outside attacks.

2) can the virus protection of new puter extend over
network to old puter?

Not unless you've purchased the server version of sofware. You don't need to buy a second load of anti-virus software though; there are free A-V programs which often provide better protection than "pay for" products such as Norton and McAfee. AVG is one such program.

3) will NTSF file system read a FAT 32 file system?

All versions of Windows that use the NTFS filesystem are fully compatible with FAT/FAT32 as well. If you're asking about drives on two separate (but networked) computers, the specific filesystems don't even come in to play; the network doesn't care.

4) use new puter for online gaming, whats best way to
make sure the old puter does not interfere with gaming?
ps: old puter 4 mom to play.

Interfere in what way? Unless your mom is downloading the library of congress, I doubt she'll have much impact on your available bandwidth. :cheesy:

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