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Connecting 2 PCs to the Internet - Google has not been my friend

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January 22, 2010 9:46:28 AM

Hi all,

I have a very simple question, but since I know nothing about these things, it seems that I cannot express it properly on google, so I came to a real pool of knowledge: people who know their stuff.

So, I have a desktop PC which is connected to the Internet with a wired 9112 US robotics Ethernet router. I am about to buy a laptop for moving around and while it is at home I would like to have internet on it without spending too much money on a wireless router. My us robotics device supports only one PC. How can I connect my laptop-to-be to the internet?

This guy told me I need a switch and use the following setup: Phone plug -> Router -> Switch -> my 2 PCs. Is that true? I haven't found anything online that would support this view. I am not even sure what's the difference between the Switch and my router. I do know that Switches online cost about 12 euros, so they can't have Router functionality.

I should clarify that I don't care if the two computers communicate with each other, even though I would appreciate the functionality (considering that one will have Windows XP and the other Windows 7, some problems may occur). In any case, I just want Wired Internet for both. They're going to be in the same room anyway.

Thanks for the help.

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Anonymous
January 22, 2010 10:22:23 AM

You could use a switch but if you want to move around with the laptop, just get a wireless router. They're only $30 - $40.
January 22, 2010 10:47:24 AM

So, that guy was right?

This setup:


Phone plug -> Router -> Switch -> my 2 PCs

is viable?

I would get a wireless router, but I live in an area with poor coverage and I play online games (TF2 mostly, where low ping is vital), so I can't risk having even poorer connection. Besides, I also need to buy a wi-fi card (or something like that) for my desktop, since it's not equipped with anything like that.

Thanks for your help. Any additional feedback would be appreciated.
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Anonymous
January 22, 2010 2:10:52 PM

If the router you presently use lacks a spare ethernet socket, a Switch may do the trick -- but, as integrated modem/routers with multiple ports and wireless are what most people buy, they are cheap.

You don't have to use the wireless if you don't want to -- or you can just use it with the laptop.
I assume you have ADSL internet, so check the ISP's website and see what equipment they supply or recommend, which may simplify setting up.
January 22, 2010 3:07:10 PM

I'd contact your ISP and see if they will provide a new router that supports wireless as well as additional ports - most ISPs will provide a router with their service free of charge (if you call paying your monthly fee free of charge) - so before buying anything check with them.

BUt to answer the question yes a switch would work - the main difference between a switch and a router is that the switch just passes all the traffic coming in to all of the other ports where a router will repeat the signal only to the port that the destination is connected to thus saving some traffic on the line but for your use a switch is more than adequate.

January 22, 2010 7:26:08 PM

I ended up getting a cheap switch. It works perfectly so far, so thanks everyone. I'll see what I'll do next...maybe going the wireless route-r (bad pun intended), but I am really worried about the quality of the signal.

Well, there's always the neighbor with the unlocked wireless router. I can always leech off of him. And I think he wants people to take his internet. Whoever he is, his user name is Stalin...hence, a communist...hence, he's into sharing...I hope.
January 23, 2010 11:25:34 AM

Stalin has blocked all communications...It figures...
January 23, 2010 7:13:24 PM

Unless your walls are solid stone above 10" thick i wouldn't worry about signal quality.
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