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How do you connect 2 computers to the internet?

I know it's a stupid question, but how do you do it? Do I just need a network hub?

We have broadband cable internet and we're about to get a 2nd computer (in a different room) and we need internet access for both. What's the best way to do this? Will this slow down the connection for the computers if we're both on at the same time?

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If you're working with Windows machines, the best thing to do would be to get a router. Yes, it will slow down the connection but unless you're constantly downloading large files you shouldn't notice the difference.
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If you have a laptop as well, this would be a good deal: http://www.ableshopper.com/#13122214
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Just a hub wont do it unless you get two public ip addresses from your provider which usually equals more cost.

The easiest solution is to get a broadband router/switch combo.

The linksys is by far the most common that I know of. You will need to run cabling to the 2nd pc or get a router with wireless access and then a wireless network card installed in the other pc.

Not too difficult to set up and if you have any computer/network savy friends they should be able to help out.

There are other options but this is by far the easiest and method I prefer to suggest to most people.

Good luck with it. You shouldn't notice much difference unless the 2nd pc is set up running kazaa, emule, etc and then sharing files for people to download. I've got 4-5 pc's running off my cable modem at home just fine.

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Thanks for the help!

The 2nd computer won't be used for downloading. It's only going to be used to keep us from fighting over the internet.


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You should be fine then. My wife only bitches when I leave mine downloading movies etc.

That or running some of my security audits scripts from my linux box have been known to cause havoc and have even crashed my cable modem a few times.

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If you're working with Windows machines, the best thing to do would be to get a router. Yes, it will slow down the connection but unless you're constantly downloading large files you shouldn't notice the difference.
why will it slow down the connection? the most you can get with cable is 3Mbps, and DSL is slower then that; even if they run an at 10Mbps instead of 100Mbps it will still be faster than whats coming in. The bottle neck in this issue is the incoming connection, not the router.

Just go to CompUSA and get a router, I personally recommend NetGear, but any router will probablly do. Then you connect your cable/dsl modem to the internet/uplink port on the router, and run 2 cables (CAT5 RJ-45) to each computer. That should fix your problem.
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i picked up 2 Mb/second by going from a 6ft cat5e to a 25ft cat6.

i think something was wrong with the other cable.


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why will it slow down the connection? the most you can get with cable is 3Mbps, and DSL is slower then that; even if they run an at 10Mbps instead of 100Mbps it will still be faster than whats coming in. The bottle neck in this issue is the incoming connection, not the router.
The original question was will running two computers slow down the connection. It won't slow down the connection coming to the network but it will slow down the datastream available to individual computer. If you have 3Mbps connection and the other computer is using 100kbps then there is only 3Mbps - 100kbps left for the other. In practice it won't be an issue like I said before, minus the exceptions already discussed.
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Just to let everyone know that the E-link deal got even better yesterday. I bought the combo, 802.11g router/wap and PCMCIA card for $100.42 - $40 mail in rebate.
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Just to let everyone know that the E-link deal got even better yesterday. I bought the combo, 802.11g router/wap and PCMCIA card for $100.42 - $40 mail in rebate.
English please?

Please tell me what all I'd need to connect 2 computers to the internet via cable in 2 different rooms. The 2nd computer needs a NIC card, I know that. I also need a router and some cable. Anything else? How much should all of this cost?

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Fry's 4 port router. $33 refurbed. $39 brand new.
Cat-5/6, depending on length;

25ft $14
50ft $20-25?
NIC $7

That's all current from yesterday when I was there.
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That's a wireless router that also can be used with wired network. It's the faster, newer protocal and for that price it's a steal. I highly recommend getting it if you might expand your network to wireless connections. For example using a laptop in the carage while working on your car.

For $60 you get the router and a laptop adapter. Get a NIC or wireless adapter for the second computer, a few cables, and you're set to go.

If you don't want a wireless network, then this router is free after MIR's: http://www.ableshopper.com/#13122417
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get 802.11g, not b.
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get 802.11g, not b.
Yes. That D-link combo for $60 is 802.11g.
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That's a wireless router that also can be used with wired network. It's the faster, newer protocal and for that price it's a steal. I highly recommend getting it if you might expand your network to wireless connections. For example using a laptop in the carage while working on your car.

For $60 you get the router and a laptop adapter. Get a NIC or wireless adapter for the second computer, a few cables, and you're set to go.

If you don't want a wireless network, then this router is free after MIR's: http://www.ableshopper.com/#13122417
So I can use this wireless router and that will take away having to run cables through another room? Also, is it as fast as a wired connection?
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So I can use this wireless router and that will take away having to run cables through another room? Also, is it as fast as a wired connection?
Yes and no. You wouldn't have to run cables but it won't be as fast as 100Mbs wired connection (100Mbs vs. 54Mbs). It should be fast enough though, for internet browsing your bottleneck will be your connection outside, not your LAN.
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Steph, you can get hella good speeds with a wireless connection in your house. You'd also be able to use the net in the garage, back yard, across the street, etc. Might want someone knowledgeable to set it up though, never done it myself but configuring the access point could prove tough to someone like you.
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