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I would like to set up another pc and use the internet, firstly could I use my existing broadband connection and secondly I have been told that there may be a way by using something called a router. Being as I havent heard of this im not what way to go.
Could someone help me......
The F.E. posted this 'idiots guide' some time ago which I copyed for future reference as I will be doing it myself when I move house.
Yes pj123, I can talk to you about routers
until the cows come home, but that won't be necessary with this enquiry. Here's the quick and simple way to do what your friend wants to do:-
1. Suggest that he buys a wireless broadband router - one that has its own ADSL modem built in. There are literally dozens to choose from, but I personally recommend Netgear hardware at the moment.
2. Then tell him to install an ordinary LAN card in the computer that's near to the router.
3. Tell him to buy a wireless network adapter. for the second computer. This can either be internal (PCI slot) or external (USB), and won't be expensive.
4. Now all he has to do is set up the router (takes about 15 minutes) by connecting a lead from it to the ADSL microfilter, and a LAN lead from the router to the first computer. So far so good, he will now have broadband internet access on his machine via the router.
5. Next he has to install the wireless network adapter in the second machine. If he's opted for an internal PCI type he just needs to open up the case, insert the card and let Windows XP detect the card. He should cancel the Windows default driver installation and then use the driver disk that comes in the pack. If he's opted for a USB type adapter tell him to install the software BEFORE connecting the device.
6. Now reboot everything, including the router, and watch the computers pick up the internet connection. On the wireless machine it will probably be necessary to click on the adapter icon in the system tray (bottom right) and tell it to detect wireless networks (although it may do this on its own). Then tell it to use the connection it finds.
That's it - your friend should/will have two machines sharing the connection via the router. Tell him that he doesn't need to leave the router on all the time (I turn mine off at night), because it will automatically login to the broadband gateway each time it's turned on - all he has to do is watch the lights.
It's almost easier to do than it is to write about it - he'll have no problems I'm sure.
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