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Two network cards in one PC: is it possible?
Apologies for the off-topic post.

See, my sole intention is to make a connection to share PS2 games on a computer so a PS2 (not bought yet, but will) can access the network and play games shared on that shared computer.

Now, this would be easy if all my router's Ethernet ports are occupied or if a PS2 would have a wireless function.

Moe, recall that you said that I can use a switch. I don't want to; I don't have the sums to spread around buying a switch. Even if I have, the switch is far away from the TV where I plug my consoles on.

This may not be your problem, but it sure is mine.

All right, thanks everyone for all your answers. I will quickly derive a conclusion.
A switch will not be significantly more expensive than a network card.

Plugging your PS2 into a second network will not allow the PS2 to access the rest of the network without configuring the host computer to bridge the two network cards.

You don't have to place the switch at the router. You can place the switch where it is accessible to both the PS2 and the host computer.

EDIT: I'm willing to do whatever configuration necessary to the second network card, but I'll try it your way.

I guess I was easily discouraged by a eight-port switch and its price.

Now, you said that the switch doesn't have to be plugged into a router. Well, can a switch support DHCP, or is that a router function?

EDIT: Never mind about the switch and DHCP question; the answer is yes.

Well, time to search for a switch.

Thanks, Moe.
I said you didn't have to place the switch at the router, not that it wouldn't have to be connected to the router.  The switch is basically adding additional ports to your router.  They have to be connected.  They just don't have to be physically near each other.

A basic 5 port switch shouldn't cost more than $20.  An 8 port switch might be $25.  I don't know what you have been looking at.

Put your switch by your computer.  Unplug the cable from your computer that goes to your router and plug it into the switch.  Put a short jumper between the switch and computer.  Run a second cable from the switch to the PS2.  Download some pr0n and give yourself a big high five cause you are done.

I know you are really bent on getting a second NIC, but you are making a mountain out of this molehill.
OK. I think I have what I need.

Thank you.

And I don't like pr0n. Do you believe that? Big Grin
(Sep 11, 2020, 22:21 pm)RobertX Wrote: Do you believe that?

Sorry to intrude, but - Hell No! Gee, Rx...
Thread TLDR;
Buy a cheap switch, plug in the cables to everything.
Just works!

(No porn, jk! TonguePP)

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