This is not a networking question so I'm putting it here and hopefully someone can help.
I'm looking for the simplest and cheapest way of connecting 2 PCs seperatly to Broadband on the same phone line. One is on Vista and the other is on XP.
Heres what I wondered about. The Vista PC is connected via the ethernet cable to the router and to BB. The second PC on XP I was wondering if it could be connected using the USB connection on the router and whether this could work with both PCs on at the same time?
Or can you get a splitter for the ethernet cable and connect 2 PCs to the same router?
Anyone tried either of these ideas and know if it works?
The second PC is only going to be there for a few weeks so theres no point in spending a great deal on it, just wanted a cheap and cheerful solution - if there is one and if either of these solutions worked is their any risk to the Vista PC or to its connection?
I have a 4 port Netgear DG834 router into which I have two PC's connected via ethernet, the router then going to the filter in the telephone socket and both PC's work fine. I'm not too sure about the USB aspect of a set up, do I take it your router only has the ethernet connection?
Please feel free to ignore me if I'm teaching egg sucking but... I don't think you are describing a router; if it has a usb cable and an ethernet socket then I think its a broadband modem. Routers would normally have more than one (typically four) ethernet sockets for attaching PC's.
Anyhoo, if its a modem you can't connect both USB and Ethernet and you can't use a splitter.
Your options are: 1. Add a router. Pluging the modem into the WAN port of the router via an ethernet cable and then your PC's into the router's LAN ports.
2. Plug the modem into the main PC via ethernet and then connect the 2nd PC to the main PC via a USB bridge cable. click here
3. Plug the modem into the main PC via USB and then connect the main and 2nd PC's together via a crossover ethernet cable.
Ok understnad, I thought router was just another name for a modem, I now see the difference and I have the specs click here
So its a modem. Am I correct in saying what I asked above. That I could split the RJ45 connection and connect 2 PCs seperatly. I am not interested in networking as its important the 2 PCs stay seperate and I think with a network the main PC has to be switched on as well.