I've got broadband (BT/Yahoo Broadband package - I'm in the UK) which works fine. The problem is The ADSL modem that came with the package is a USB only one, so needs to be plugged into a PC.
I have a small home network (3 PCS) And I've got it all happy (for e-mail & Web anyway) using a small proxy server program. The only problem with this of course is that the PC with the modem plugged into it needs to be on & connected in order for the others to browse/check e-mail.
I would like to get some form of router connected instead, so I think my options are:
1) re-configure one of my PCs (I don't use it at all really) to be 'always on' and plug the modem into it. This would mean getting a new motherboard (current one's a bit flaky) and making it fanless/use very quiet fans for near-silent operation
3) Replace the existing modem with a router with a built-in modem, and plug that into my current network hub, or get one with multiple RJ45 ports and replace my current hub.
Any thoughts you guys? I know I DON'T have a fixed IP for my broadband (i've verified myself it changes each time I connect), if that makes any difference. AS for my own abilities, I would say I'm reasonably advanced with regards to networks, tcp/ip, etc, and quite capable of learning what I don't know.
I have a strong suspicion that they'll have no other options. :frown:
I might have to give it a go I guess.
IF I was to just buy the cheapest combined modem/router I could find, do you think I'd have any specific problems setting it up though? I assume I'd have to assign it an IP on my network (or re-assign all my current IPs to be in it's address range, if it comes with a pre-configured IP addr)
Maybe I should steal the Router we use at work over the weekend and see if I can get it working
I'm in a very similar position (UK, USB ADSL modem, but with Pipex as opposed to BT) and am also looking at setting up a small home network for 3-4 PCs in the near future (when I've moved house). Admittedly I haven't looked into the problem in any detail yet, but I was pretty much assuming that I'd be best going for an integrated hub/router/firewall.
Sadly I've had to put my plans on hold for the moment... Lack of cash means I can't really justify splashing out now.
That router still requires a modem with an RJ45 connection rather than a USB one - that's why I was wondering about replacing my USB Modem with another one with LAN, but it all adds to the cost :frown: