I'm a bit confused here... For ADSL, you have to buy the DSL modem from your ISP
because from what I understand, there are several different standards and you don't know which standard your ISP
is using. And consequently on the DSL modem your ISP
provider sells to you works with their service.
I've looked and haven't found any DSL modems on the market. You can however buy a cable modem because it's standard.
How is your connection currently set up?
DSL -> DSL modem -> PC
computer (thru Windows ICS) -> iMac ?
I don't think you can share thru the connection sharing unless you have another Ethernet card to connect between your Mac and PC
computer (because the first card is connected to your DSL modem.)
the 3Com hub you have is simply a hub and it won't know what to do with the info coming in from the DSL modem (it just rebroadcasts it to all 8 ports.)
Most DSL service is setup to provide a single dynamic IP to your DSL connection, which your PC
computer is using to connect.
One way you can share the connection is to get a router which everyone is suggesting. But you need to check your terms of service with the DSL provider to see if they allow you to share your connection between several computers.
I do have a Mac and a PC
sharing a DSL connection: and it works fine.
-11 telephone cable]--> DSL Modem --[Cat 5 Ethernet cable]--> router
router port 1 --[Cat 5 cable]--> PC
port 2 --[Cat 5 cable]--> Mac Computer
port 3 --[Cat 5 cable]--> Network Printer
port 4 --[Cat 5 cable]--> empty can put a 8-port switch/hub here to add 8 more computers
Is you DSL modem hooked into your computer thru the USB port or thru an RJ
If you get a router, the router has the hardware to pretend it's a computer, then it takes the info and translates/redirects the info to the internal network in your house.
Because the router is also capable of performing the duties of a switch/hub, it also networks everything together. so I can share files from my Mac to PC
MACLAN) To print, the Mac uses it's own drivers to print across the network, the PC
also prints across the network.
With a router you can use DHCP to assign each of your computers an IP automatically so you don't have to manually set each computer's IP manually.
As far as wireless, the coverage depends on the tx power of the base station, the construction of your house. You can only tell by actually setting up a wireless station in your home and then walking around to find your dead zones. You may find that you can't get a signal in one room with the base in another room. You may need several base stations to eliminate the dead zones. Of course that means hooking up all the base stations with RJ
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