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    Ok my work decided to finally get DSL the other day (yay). So the UPS guy comes today and has our DSL package from Earthlink, I sign for it ,take it to the office, give it to the boss's wife, and ask her when she is gonna hook it up because I am sick of using dial-up at work. So she tells me it is only gonna be hooked up to her computer and mine will still be on dial-up ($#%@%!^!^!^&!&). I dont know much about networking or DSL ( I have a cable hook-up at home). So now that i rambled I just want to know if it is possible to get a router and run some wires from the main connection to the other two computers. I know their is wireless but I would like it to be really simple. Thanks for the help.

  • #2
    Yes you can do it, but all 3 computers must have an ethernet card.

    As far as configuring everything, I would go to this forum here:

    http://www.dslreports.com/forums/all

    and check it out. when I had DSL last year I was able to configure my old network with the help of that forum, and it was SUPER easy. (I now have cable/wireless network).

    Really all you need is a 4 port router (40 bucks?) and the networking cable. Everything should cost around 100 bucks depending on how much cable you need.

    Good luck.

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    • #3
      Ditto on the easy.
      I hooked two computers up to cable modem via a router for my folks. Plugged in the router, ran the cords to the computers, and it just worked - nothing to configure at all, at least in this case. About like plugging in another phone in your house if you don't count running the wire. I was all prepared to have to set the computer up too, but didn't have to do a thing.

      p.s. I just needed access to the net for both computers. Setting up a network that shares files from one computer to the other is another thing, but it sounds like you just want simple access.

      [This message has been edited by vinito (edited 12-02-2004).]

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      • #4
        Want a real easy way of convincing your boss to spring for the router and ethernet cards(if necessary)?

        Tell him for about three months cost, he can drop having to pay for two ISP's.

        What you will need:
        A Router(I suggest an 8 port because the cost isn't significantly higher than the 4 port, and give you room for expansion)

        A Ethernet card(you may already have one,most computers made in the last couple of years all came with them.)

        Patch Cords.(depending on what comes with the router and how long you have to run it, this may turn into some money. For long runs I would try www.tigerdirect.com )

        All of this stuff is stocked by BestBuy.

        HTRN

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        • #5
          when I had dsl I had to pay $5 a year for an extra ip address to run 2 computers.

          dsl blows, I like cable, just plug and go and I have 4 computers online.

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          • #6
            With a router you can run up to 253 computers on one IP address.
            Free software for calculating bolt circles and similar: Click Here

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            • #7
              Had 256K DSL since 2000, running 2 computers through a modem/router. 256K is slow enough to notice when the other computer is being used.

              Recently upgraded the DSL to 1.5MB for a few extra $/month. Now 3 computers, frequently all web surfing at the same time, really don't notice whether the others are being used or not, that's fast enough.

              All on 1 IP address, the ISP neither knows nor cares how many computers are on it.

              Yes cable is faster but the speed varies with system load and it goes dead when the power goes out etc. The DSL is rock solid, guaranteed 1.5MB for this line, predictable and quite satisfactory.

              Bob

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              • #8
                Cable here is $44.95 a month [bIF[/b] you have Cable TV. If not, the price jumps to $49.95 a month.

                With DSL, I'm getting roughly the same bang for your buck: about 60% of the speed for about 60% of the cost. But do you really need that much more speed? If you have a half dozen computers or more, all using the mojowire at the same time, then it makes sense, but for the one box in the house, I'd rather have the 20 bucks a month.

                You should see the price of Cable for businesses something like a hundred bucks a month. Verizon advertises $32 a month for Business DSL

                For those lusting after even more speed, you can even do a dual WAN setup with a pair of Cable gateways - performance is on par with a T1 line for about a third the cost. I recently gave away a SDSL dual WAN router because, well, it was for SDSL and not ADSL(the kind you get in your house).


                HTRN

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                • #9
                  <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Toolbert:
                  Yes cable is faster but the speed varies with system load and it goes dead when the power goes out etc. The DSL is rock solid, guaranteed 1.5MB for this line, predictable and quite satisfactory.

                  Bob
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                  My whole computer goes dead when the power goes out. My cable connection at home averages 2.5 mbps usually a little faster. Thanks for the help guys.

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                  • #10
                    Well for the same amount of money, Verizon now offers something called Fios. They claim speeds of 15Mbs...

                    HTRN

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                    • #11
                      Don't forget to mention security too! With
                      a router/firewall,your network and computers
                      will be much more protected from those
                      f--king hackers! (I hate them BTW)

                      This is a no-brainer! A router and some
                      NIC cards (ethernet interface) would be way
                      cheaper in the long run AND, more secure!

                      Dialup = STONE AGE!!!

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                      • #12
                        Also, a good idea is assign different passwords to each machine, that way if a hacker does get in, he won't have free reign on your network. He will be limited to the one machine he's penetrated.

                        Sygate has a decent virtual firewall for free for downloading at their website...

                        HTRN

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                        • #13
                          Yup, real easy. Ask me if you need any help, I set up networks all the time. At home I use an old Pentium machine mounted on the wall running linux as a router. I did this because it was basically free (already had the parts) and I can configure the security tighter.

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