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This is a discussion on Windows ME within the Asking for help forums, part of the Broadband Technical Help category; I have 2 PC's - one running XP (Sempron 3100+) and one (P3 550Mhz with USB etc) running Windows ME. ...
- 10-11-06, 12:07 AM #1
I have 2 PC's - one running XP (Sempron 3100+) and one (P3 550Mhz with USB etc) running Windows ME.
As far as I can tell, SKY Broadband isn't compatible with windows ME. Is this incompatibility with the hardware/software/drivers?
As the 'antique' is a temporary replacement for my wife's that blew up, I don't want to buy XP for it, but start saving for a whole new box.
Can I use Internet Connection Sharing to piggyback the older PC onto the new one using my existing network, and simply connect the newer PC (via a Wireless Card - its a long way from the phone to the box!) or are there any better alternatives?
- 10-11-06, 12:27 AM #2
SkyBB isn't incompatible with ME it's just that Sky don't support it. There are no drivers/software needed.
Can you be a bit more specific about your existing network? The Sky router has 4 ethernet ports plus wireless. You can either:
- run an ethernet cable from the router to each PC
- or run one cable to an ethernet switch and then a cable to each PC
- connect one or both PCs wirelessly (though you might struggle with ME)
- connect one or both PCs over a powerline network (your mains sockets)
- or mix and match any of the above
I have a 5 PC network running at home over ethernet (2 PCs running W98, 3 XP and 2 hubs) all happily working with the Sky router, plus occasionally a wireless laptop and a wireless musicserver.
- 10-11-06, 12:38 AM #3
That's good news (better than I was expecting).
The old PC has a NETGEAR Ethernet card and is next to the phone socket, so I can use a wired connection for this.
The second PC is upstairs and I have a (cross-over) ethernet cable up to it so presumably I can either disconnect the cable and use a PCI wireless card, or get a cable made up to reverse the cross-over. I don't want to put a new cable in because i've routed it behind the partition to keep it neat, and it took some effort!
I was concerned that Windows ME might not recognise the router although I guess from the PC end, it's just a normal network?
- 10-11-06, 02:53 AM #4Site FounderExchange: Marshalls CrossBroadband ISP: Sky Broadband UnlimitedRouter: Sagem F@ST 2504nSky TV: Sky+HD box
As long as Windows Really Good (sorry ME) sees the network card, it will work with the router!~ Never, ever, argue with an idiot. They'll drag you down to their level and beat you with experience ~
- 10-11-06, 11:19 AM #5
Yes I'm sure your network card in the old PC will be fine. I was only worried about wireless with ME.
I've not tested the Sky router but many can auto sense whether an attached cable is cross- over and adjust accordingly. You may find you can continue to use your existing cable. If so then no rewiring needed
- 10-11-06, 12:12 PM #6
I run 3 pc's and a mac and a laptop
2pc's and lap top with XP, the laptop wireless and the the rest cable
1 pc is a linux box (cable)
and the mac is OSX (cable)
If I was to put ME on one of the PC's i would have no problems as long as i connected by cable as wireless may prove to be a bit more difficult but NOT impossible.
Not sure if sky box will sense a crossover cable or not, but should be possible to get another crossover cable to nutralise the cross.John..
- 10-11-06, 05:00 PM #7Site FounderExchange: Marshalls CrossBroadband ISP: Sky Broadband UnlimitedRouter: Sagem F@ST 2504nSky TV: Sky+HD boxIf I was to put ME on one of the PC's i would have no problems as long as i connected by cable as wireless may prove to be a bit more difficult but NOT impossible.~ Never, ever, argue with an idiot. They'll drag you down to their level and beat you with experience ~
- 10-11-06, 11:52 PM #8
Thanks for your help guys.
If I go for a wireless solution on the XP box (I don't entirely trust the cable), is the WG111T the right USB stick to go for?
I'm limited on PCI slots, and I've seen ther G/G+ sticks for less money (Belkin et al), although I am a little behind on the technology, so not sure if this is the same grade.
My most recent hardware knowledge ends with V92/56K Flex so please be patient!
- 10-11-06, 11:54 PM #9Site FounderExchange: Marshalls CrossBroadband ISP: Sky Broadband UnlimitedRouter: Sagem F@ST 2504nSky TV: Sky+HD box
Value for money you are probably best buying the one from Sky @ £20.00 its a good price and they will support it~ Never, ever, argue with an idiot. They'll drag you down to their level and beat you with experience ~
- 11-11-06, 12:14 AM #10
Sorry another question.
I just looked up my phone line for the heck of it on Sky's website (they phoned me today for some reason), and it says my telephone line is not suitable for broadband because I have 'LLU'(?)
Now, I don't have broadbandat the moment but did have an ISDN line (about 4 years ago). I also have a dialup BT account atm.
Any idea what this means before I trail the telephone corridoors of BT/Sky?