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What is the best way to share a DSl connection between the house PC and mine?

is buying that $60 dollar router the only solution? Or can I network my XP machine with my 98 one some how?
 

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I suppose you could use the XP machine as a server.. and share the internet that way.. But it requires the xp machine to be on, for the 98 machine to access the net...

I'm having Router Hell!!!
 

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I suppose you could use the XP machine as a server.. and share the internet that way.. But it requires the xp machine to be on, for the 98 machine to access the net...

I'm having Router Hell!!!

you could even do it the other way, with the 98 machine sharing the dsl.

but, if you just want the facts, and not opinions, then i won't mention how a router is the way i'd do it. (i know, i know, i mentioned it anyhow.)

i will however mention that you will get better ping times with a router.

also, a router will use about 10 watts.

as opposed to a computer using about 300 + 65 for the monitor.

also, the noise, a computer has a bunch of fans in it, the router almost always has none.

a computer's noise is generally between 30-60 db.
a router is generally between 0-5 db.


to do it without a router, you will need each machine to have a network card, and connect them with a crossover cable. (in addition to whatever the dsl is connected to, sometimes it's a ethernet card, sometimes it's the USB.)

to do it with the router, you will need each machine to have a network card, and you will need a normal cat5 cable to run from the router to each machine.
on top of that, you will need a cat5 cable to run to the dsl modem. (unless your dsl modem only has USB, then you need a special router.)
 

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brace for this question, how do I tell if I have a networking card? if I have an ethernet port does that mean I have a net working card?


Each machine has one ethernet port (the 98 one needed to be fitted with one when we first got DSL)

and both machines have USB.

which is the cheapest way to do this? if I want the connection to speed up I'll just unplug the other machine so that is not an issue.
 

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I use the Mr814 router here at my house. It is a wonderful router with lots of features. I have had this router for almost 2 years with very few problems.

True, it is cheaper money wise to use Internet Conection Sharing, but you will hate it. Causes all sorts of problems. Never really worked right.
 

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It's easy to get it up and running after you get it. It has four connections for computers, so you can share four of them with nothing else. If you decide to go wireless, you'll need a wireless card for the wireless client. While people use ICS, I find it a royal PITA, and I rarely jump into threads with ICS issues, too many issues seem to come up with various configurations.
 
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