When you put the second NIC into your Primary Machine, this is called MULTI-HOMED. You then need to put a Private IP on that card and subnet mask and then leave the Gateway Blank as it will find the other NIC and use it as the Gateway,,,
Now the second machine you would use either a Straight or Xover Cat5 cable and set the IP to the same class as the second NIC in the PRIMARY MACHINE,, sub net mask stays the same,, but the DEFAULT GATEWAY is now the IP of the second nic on the primary machine,,,
1 NIC to cable modem
2 NIC: ip: 192.168.0.1 snm: 255.255.0.0 DefGtwy: blank (cable to second PC)
1 NIC (cable from Primary PC-2nd NIC)
IP: 192.168.0.2 snm: 255.255.0.0 DefGtwy: 192.168.0.1
This should do if for you,, ensure that both are in the same workgroup and you should have connectivity,,
plus, make sure that your better machine is the PRimary PC,, this way it will be able to handle the through traffic of the second PC,, especially during downloading!
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