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Networking Two Computers

Sun Jan 26, 2003 10:40 pm

 Smile Hi everyone!  Smile

Last week we had NTL Broadband put in. My dad has the modem downstairs, and the man from NTL said that if we bought a 'router' I could go on it upstairs aswell.
Routers are £69.99, and then I have a buy 2 network cards right? (One for my dad's PC and one for mine?!?)

I saw this product at Argos today and wondered if this was all I needed:


If I get two of these, could I go on broadband with only one modem?

Thanks for your help!

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RE: Networking Two Computers

Sun Jan 26, 2003 10:51 pm

Quite likely you can. But do your computers have the required slots to put in those network cards? Seems they only have PCMCIA cards...

Best way might be to get an ADSL router from NTL (I think you're talking ADSL here?) which is basically an ADSL modem with built-in router.
For cable similar systems are available.
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RE: Networking Two Computers

Mon Jan 27, 2003 12:49 am

I don't know about PCs, but on Macs, you can buy one modem and put it on an Airport (wireless router). Then you can put multiple Macs on this with local airport cards. All are networked together as a LAN and all can use the broadband simultaniously.
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RE: Networking Two Computers

Mon Jan 27, 2003 3:07 am

Same can be done with PCs too, but not with this thing it seems. It's a wireless network supporting only custom PCMCIA cards.
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RE: Networking Two Computers

Mon Jan 27, 2003 3:31 am

What I would recommend is that you buy a Netgear or Linksys wireless router (like the Netgear MR314 or the Linksys BEFW11S4) or any other 802.11b compliant wireless router (not just an access point). That way, you can use any 802.11b compliant wireless device on your network and you're not locked in to any one vendor's cards (if for example, you wanted to wirelessly network a printer, you could do that with 802.11b equipment).
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RE: Networking Two Computers

Mon Jan 27, 2003 3:46 am

I strongly urge that you visit http://www.dslreports.com, at which site you will find a limitless reserve of information, and knowledgeable experts will volunteer their advice and experience.

That said, assuming that you have a DSL account, you should be able to buy one of the above-mentioned broadband routers, which will allow you to route the IP traffic to several computers at once; it works very well.

I also agree that, if you can part with a little bit extra cash (and it really is very little more!), you should get a router with an 802.11b wireless access point built in, and you can share all over the house (and, if you do not turn on the security functions, all over the block, too!).

I'd avoid products from SMC (personal experience here...) whose product support is spotty at best.

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RE: Networking Two Computers

Mon Jan 27, 2003 4:10 am

Buy a Linksys wireless router, and two wireless PCI cards. Plug the router into your modem, the cards into your compters, and you're set.  Big thumbs up
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