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Discussion in 'Networking' started by debsyno1, Feb 13, 2005.

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  1. debsyno1

    debsyno1 Thread Starter

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    i am using ntl broadband (ethernet connection)with my desktop pc but now i have just bought a laptop and ideally wish to be able to have them both connected to the internet at the moment i just keep swapping ethernet lead from pc to laptop depending which one i am using ie pc or laptop what do i need to do or buy to get them both connected i am new to all this hope someone can give me some advice on what to do next thanks :eek:
     
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    There are thousands of products (from 3Com, Netgear, Linksys and others). Also if you look on sites like www.ebuyer.com or www.dabs.com you will that in addition to the brand names they'll have their own badged products (generally cheaper, but perhaps not as reliable I couldn't comment!)

    You can get non-wireless or wireless routers. The latter will also (usually) have 4-wried LAN ports so they support both wired and wireless connections.

    In your case you already have a modem so you need a router that can take either a cable or a DSL connection. You can see examples on all of the following sites:
    http://www.netgear.com/products/consumer/prod_router_wired_hm.php
    or
    http://www.netgear.com/products/consumer/prod_router_wireless_hm.php
    or
    http://www.linksys.com/products/group.asp?grid=34&scid=29 (this last page contains combined modem/routers and routers. You don't, as I 've already said, need a combined device, you just need something link "EtherFast® Cable/DSL Router" or "EtherFast® Cable/DSL Router with 4-port switch", so for example the BEFSR41.

    On the Netgear links something like the RP614 would do the job, or the WGR614 if you want wireless.

    http://www.linksys.com/edu/ provides some basic introductory information.

    Extensive reviews of kit can be found on: http://www.adslguide.org.uk/reviews/. It may be an ADSL site but as long as you are just getting a router (and not a combined device) then the router will take an ethernet feed from either a cable modem or an ADSL modem and the info applies.
     
  3. debsyno1

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    thank you for your reply have sent in another question connection advice hope you can help put it in same forum as last question (networking)
     
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