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Old 12-26-01, 05:14 AM
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Out of slots

Our K62-350 only has 3 PCI slots; two have network cards, and the other has a sound card. Anyone got any ideas on how I can add an ATA100 or ATA66 port?

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you could get a USB NIC
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I'd go USB sound.

Why do you need two NICs in the computer?
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It has two NICs because it is acting as a proxy server; one NIC connects to the cable modem, and the other connects to a LAN.

Thanks for the tips, everyone!

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I would get a router/hub to act as your proxy server. Voila. free slot.
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yep.. free up a spot using a router

better speed and security through a router, then using 2 nics and proxy software
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Yep, routers a pretty cheap these days.
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The router is a much better solution than 2 nics. Plus you don't have to have the computer with both nics all of the time. You also get the nat acting as a firewall.
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I would get a router/hub to act as your proxy server. Voila. free slot.
How does that affect the private LAN? Do I still have all of the functionality of the existing network, ie the ability to share printers and other devices?

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Originally posted by DivxGuy
How does that affect the private LAN? Do I still have all of the functionality of the existing network, ie the ability to share printers and other devices?

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Yeah - you will.... it's pretty cool, actually.
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Can you suggest an affordable one?

Thanks, RD
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Originally posted by DivxGuy
Can you suggest an affordable one?

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Im partial to the linksys BEFSR41 4 port router.. if you already have a hub.. you can just go with the 1 port router and then use your hub.. I decided to pay the 10 extra for the 4 port, and not bother with my hub..

I have also used the dlink and smc routers.. they both make good products.. but the linksys just seems a bit nicer then either of those
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another vote for the linksys. because i already had a hub, i bought the 1-port router, but i think if i were doing it over again i'd get the 4-port version (BEFSR-41) and neaten the clutter around the computer a bit.

broadband on a proxy server is a vast improvement over dialup--but getting the router was almost as large of an improvement over the proxy.

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