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Sharing my dsl connection thru a switch


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#1 volta06

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Posted 25 March 2005 - 03:02 PM

Hi,
I am trying to connect xbox live to the dsl without disconnecting my modem everytime. Also, when I connect my two computers through the linksys switch, only one can be connected to the internet at a time. I thought that it might be my modem, but my friend has the same one (sbcglobal, speedstream 5100) and he has a successfully networked home. What could be my problem? Do i have to buy a router? I would think that the switch should do.
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Posted 26 March 2005 - 02:56 PM

The only way I can think of you using a "Switch only" would be to route everything through one computer.
DSL>COMPUTER 1>SWITCH>2nd COMPUTER and Xbox. You can research it through Google. When home networking first started we made routers from old 386s & 486s that ran from a floppy with no hard drive. It is so much easier to just run down to Walmart a grab a $40 Linksys router, which by the way has a 4 port switch built in . Splurge and get the next model with a print server built in. I guess the word is YES you should buy a router. Do you have to. No. If you like tinkering with your computer you could buy a $20 use P-I and download a linux software router off the Net and make your own router. You may even find one that has you up in a few minutes, but I would not count on it. Well good luck on your choice.

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