Pretty much any router will do, or you can run Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) on the XP machine (through a switch/hub or with two nics on the XP).
But if you buy linksys, you can say that you run a Cisco router at home in a few months
Poor windows was not a brave soul. Threatened by the force of General Protection and Major Problem the little OS committed suicide by hanging.
Ive used a linksys BEFSR41 4 port router now for like 5 months without a problem. The problems with using ICS is that the other computer must always be on. If it locks up and must be restarted the other computer will lose connection. The 2nd computer will have a little bit slower connection and the main computer will have a little more cpu usage.
If u do a lot of gameing and big file downloads use the router.
I used ICS before and it was a pain playing online when the main computer locks up. There goes my game!
Any brand router will work they are all about the same.
Just about every router has a firewall in it, at least, all of the ones I looked at before buying did. In actual fact, I have taken ZoneAlarm off because it was stopping the two machines on the LAN side from talking to each other, sharing the printer and the like.
I am using d-link di-704p, and I haven't had a problem. For the firewall: a hadware firewall (i.e. the router) if correctly configured, will do a better job than software. If you want to be safe, you can always use both at the same time.
In ancient times they had no statistics so they had to fall back on lies
Anyone would do, except I have this problem that my D-link would disconnect me from the internet, which is weird considering Im using DSL connection. I'm currently using a SMC wireless router and not having any trouble with it.