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#1 Freespirit715

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 09:52 AM

Probably a really dumb question on such a site, but I received another desk top computer from a friend and was wondering if I could hook it up to my modem with an ethernet cable and get internet connection while still having my main desk top also hooked in. I'm using a Hitronics broadband modem with four ethernet ports.  I just want to clean up the friends pc and re-install the OS and a few other programs before giving it to a needy person or someone who could really use it. If I do this, and it is possible, what should I be careful of? I don't want to blow up my own pc, nor do I want to disconnect my own as it is too much aggravation. Thank you in advance for any response and help.



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#2 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 06:51 PM

Yep - no problem whatsoever, that's why you have four ethernet ports. It doesn't even matter which one of them you use.

 

So long as the computer you are working on is in working order there is no risk to either your modem or to any other computers connected to the modem. I can imagine fault conditions which could have an impact on your modem but these would be such that the computer would not be working at all, so just satisfy yourself that it is working in some fashion - not neccessarily very well, you said you intend cleaning it up etc. -  before you connect it.

 

The only thing you may note is that if you are downloading a substantial quantity of data to this computer, the download rate to your own computer will drop. This is because your connection rate is divided by the number of connected computers.

 

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