Using one line from cable company for two computers Tags: Cyberpower Computers Ethernet Card Cable Systems Last response: November 23, 2010 10:54 PM in Systems Share mader51 November 23, 2010 9:55:58 PM Hello, Can I just buy a splitter for the ethernet cable for two computers or do I have to buy a 5 port switch More about : line cable company computers anonymous1 November 23, 2010 10:17:22 PM A router will work fine. m 0 l MRFS November 23, 2010 10:37:44 PM You can also start out with Internet Connection Sharing ("ICS"): http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Using-... But, the computer that is connected directly to the cable modem needs to remain ON, in order for the second computer to access the Internet via the first computer's ICS feature. ICS will eliminate the need for a router, because the ICS host will do the "routing". Note that you'll still need a hub or switch (see diagram at link above); and the host computer needs 2 LAN ports: one to connect to the cable modem, and the other to connect to the switch or hub. If you have only 2 computers, I believe you can eliminate the hub / switch, and wire the second computer into the second LAN port on the host computer. But, it's been a long time since I used ICS, so please confirm this latter point yourself. I do recall needing to revert to fixed IPs on both computers, in order to stabilize ICS. MRFS m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer MRFS November 23, 2010 10:54:11 PM p.s. A good solution for a SOHO LAN is this: cable modem connects to a router which also supports a few 10/100 RJ-45 ports router connects to a Gigabit switch using one of the router's 10/100 RJ-45 ports each computer connects to the Gigabit switch, ideally via Gigabit LAN ports (Intel's LAN cards are terrific for this application). In this fashion, intra-LAN file transfers occur rapidly -- using the Gigabit switch and ports. Internet access is handled by the modem & router which doesn't need to support Gigabit ports due to the slower speed of the Internet connection. Even if the Internet connection runs at 50 MHz, a 10/100 router port has plenty of bandwidth. MRFS m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources Cable internet two computers phone line Forum SolvedI want to connect two DVI cable to one DVI port, but using only one at a time Forum SolvedUsing one of two molex cables to power my GPU? Forum Two modems on one incoming cable line Forum SolvedHow can I use one keyboard across two different computers? Forum How to connect two computers to one cable modem Forum Two computers one cable modem Forum How to connect two computers using one modem so they both use the internet Forum How to connect two computers using one modem so they both use the internet Forum How to connect two computers using one modem Forum How do I set up two wireless networks using one cable modum Forum How to connect two computers using one modem so they both use the internet Forum Using two Wifi with one Cable modem Forum Using one TV instead of two computer monitors Forum Using two computers on one 5.1 speaker system Forum How to connect two computers using one modem so they both use the internet Forum Using two BT phone lines with one router Forum Using two BT phone lines with one router Forum SolvedTwo routers on one line Forum using my hdtv as a computer monitor via hdmi cable. on the same computer, same cabling, one account can slide the display sett Forum More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !