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Clueless About Networking: Two Computers Sharing Dsl?


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#1 Whitesugar

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Posted 25 February 2006 - 04:27 PM

Dear Users,
Before starting I just wanted to mention I am completely unfamiliar with anything that has to do with Networking. Our current computer has Earthlink DSL (1.5 MBit) Service and is running Windows XP. After finding the need to place another seperate computer in my mother's room directly next to mine (or rather behind me) we are attempting to figure out how to share the same connection. Though I have used the search function to try and solve my problem, I get myself lost in the conversation very easily.

Is there any way you could provide a STEP BY STEP instruction of how to hook up a networking device to share Earthlink's DSL?. Would this cost us ANY extra money in our bill?. Would we be able to be on the internet at the very same time?.

And better yet, with your instructions, please provide us an exact router we would buy for the process. Because we live around New Orleans there aren't many computer places open so our only option would be Walmart.

Thank you in advance for answering any questions. Much appreciated.

Edit: Just to note, both computers are Desktops. No laptops or anything.

Edited by Whitesugar, 25 February 2006 - 04:29 PM.


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Posted 25 February 2006 - 08:36 PM

First does your modem have more than 1 ethernet connection on the back of the modem. If Yes then you DSL modem has a built in router.
I have been using the Linksys Network Anywhere router NR041 that i bought at Walmart (in Baton Rouge). This is a basic router that is common and fairly easy to setup. $39.95 + Tax. You will also need 2 ethernet cables the will reach from the router to the computers.
This is super basic and you should be up and running in a few minutes. When configuring it make sure you select PPoE instead of DHCP. If you have a problem just post back here and someone will help you.


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