Hi - hope someone can advice a network novice. I want to set up a wired network for broadband. I have 2 PCs - one on XP with network port, one win98 without. Main PC will need internet access daily, 2nd PC maybe once a week or less. I know I need a router and the main PC will be connected to this at all times. My question is can I unplug the 2nd PC from the router when not in use, and only plug it in when needed? I don't want cables cluttering the house. I know I could go for a wireless network, but want to explore this option first.
If when the 98 machine is connected the XP will also be why not do away with the router and link the 2 with a crossover cable and use the XP machine as a gateway then all you will need is a ethernet card for the 98 machine and crossover cable.
ade.h I know but he said he only wanted to use the second machine on the net once a week on the net the rest of the time it will be unplugged, normally yes I would agree with you but for such light useage is it really woryh it.
2nd question:- Would the modem/router offered free by my ISP that has 1 ethernet port and 1 USB port be ideal for me? (As the older computer doesn't have ethernet port) Can I unplug the USB cable when not in use (like you said I could the ethernet cable)? Thanks Tina (I'm a she not a he!)
You can hot-plug USB cables, yes. But they are not a network format; Ethernet is the only network cable format that you will find in a conventional domestic network.
"Would the modem/router offered free by my ISP....be ideal for me?"
Possibly... (he says with trepidation!) Depends what it is, but free routers can be a bit variable. The best that I have seen offered is a DG834G, though you don't normally get anything so mainstream and if I was buying it, I would prefer one of the better alternatives that are available.
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