Quote: Originally Posted by 2KXJ
the computers DO NOT SEE EACHOTHER when they're both set to assign IP's automatically
lol.. yep you have mentioned this a bit, but it's better for a question to be re-asked than not asked at all.
The guys are right in that your Dad's PC should get an automatic IP address as long as DHCP is running on your PC.
Well it has me thinking anyway, on your Dad's PC set the default gateway manually to be the address of your PC (this is in the TCP/IP properties, Advanced /IPsettings tab).
In regards to Bridging. If you bridge the two adapters on your PC the static routes will be automatically calculated by windows. Meaning that a connection on one network Yours<->Dad's
is automatically routed to the other network internet<->yours
. So you can have two different ipaddress ranges and have no problem with 2 DHCP servers running on the network and issuing out conflicting IPaddress.
The connections either need to be bridged OR all in the same subnet (i.e. all begin with the same first 3 numbers in their ipaddress) to communicate with each other.
In all honesty though, if it's not working, consider buying a cheap switch or recycle an old router/multi-port modem as one and loose the crossover cable. This is much easier and less stress.