I have my main PC upstairs connected to broadband via an extension cable to the phone socket down stairs. i also have an older pc downstairs which was hooked up to the net via dial up...but since ive got bband this doesnt work any more! how can i network the two pcs so they both run on the bband, without having more cables trailing up and downstairs????? Im a complete newbie to networking?!
Your basic choice for allowing two PCs to share a BB connection are
1. Connect the BB to PC 1, then use that as a gateway to allow PC 2 to connect via PC 1 to the web. This is Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) in Windows. Obviously, as PC 1 is the gateway, it needs to be switched on for PC 2 to connect to the Web.
2. Connect the BB to a Router, and connect each PC to it. As the Router is left switched on, each PC can connect independently of each other.
Either option above can be implemented with Ethernet cables, or wirelessly.
For option 1, you need to connect the BB modem to PC 1, then a network card from PC 1 to a network card in PC 2.
For option 2, you need a network card in each PC.
As before, the network cards can be wireless or wired (Ethernet).
I have two pc's and broadband and currently have the computers networked via cards plugged into a hub. I am using ICS but want to change to using a router as its annoying having to have one pc on to use the internet on the other. Would the router take the place of the hub or be as well as?? :-) thanks for any help