If you want to share broadband you've already identified the solution. I use Belkin products to network two laptops - the broadband connection goes into the router and that transmits to each machine. I have one connected via RJ45 cable into the ethernet socket, the other via a wireless network card into the laptop PCMCIA. It works a dream without noticeable speed loss and installation was straightforward following the supplied instructions. Only thing to remember - disable any firewall, antivirus etc during installation - they can sometimes cause the operation to hang or fail. There are some good deals on wireless network products from suppliers like Watford, Dabs etc.
Thanks for answering, okay this may sound dumb, but if i've got 2 wireless pci cards, this should enable me to have a home network, so i can share files, printer, etc, gaming, so wont the internet be shared as well?, or do i need a router for this, I have a broadband modem from tiscali,
If you have your two desktops networked all you have to do is run the Win Xp home and small office utility (on both machines) You tell it which Computer is linked directly to the internet and which one connects via another machine using it as a gateway. It should work out nice and easy. I got two laptops and two desktops they all connect to the internet via the main machine in the study. Win XP is really good at networking.
If your happy for the connected machine to be always on (when surfing) set up an ad-hock wireless network between the two machines and once the network is up and running correctly, initiate ICS - Internet Connection Sharing.
You will both have individual access to the net, but via the connected machine.
For an ad-hock network, you only need two wireless network cards, one for each machine. No routers, wireless access points or anything else!
Be aware however, there are security issues associated with wireless networks, particularly if they are left in the default state. It's just the same as broadcasting any radio wave unencrypted, anyone else can intercept the signal!