Two PC's one broadband line

  Daisy22 18:00 04 Jan 2006

Is it possible to have two computers in different areas of the house, using the same broadband line? Both systems use XP.

Is there something I will need to buy in order to be able to do this.

The second computer will have an internal modem, whilst the first computer has an external broadband modem.


  TomG 18:05 04 Jan 2006

To do that you would either have to use wireless kit or wired - have a look at the site for details of what you will need.
There are several companies that sell netwoking kit - just shop around

  Diodorus Siculus 18:08 04 Jan 2006

You will be best with a wireless router / modem combination: it will allow you to use both PCs at the same time.

click here for the one I use as suggested by a forum member (Thanks Taff) and it is simple to get installed and operating.

  palinka 19:03 04 Jan 2006

yes, it's perfectly simple to do;lots of threas in this forum on the subject and it seems to be getting easier all the time if the link provided by Diodorus Siculus is anything to go by.

  mgmcc 19:33 04 Jan 2006

To create a wireless network for Internet access and File/Printer sharing, you have essentially two options:

1) Install a Wireless Network Adapter in each PC and create an “Ad Hoc” Wireless Network. This is a network in which the two PCs talk directly with one another, rather than via a Wireless Access Point. “Internet Connection Sharing” is then enabled on the actual Internet connection in the “host” PC and the “client” PC will have Internet access provided the “host” is running and online.

When you enable “Internet Connection Sharing” on the Internet connection, it automatically configures the Local Area Connection with the IP address and subnet mask However, as you will be using a WiFi adapter, you want this address to be allocated to it, rather than a “wired” Ethernet adapter if you have one fitted, so the Local Area Connection should be disabled before setting up “Internet Connection Sharing”. The "Client" PC's Local Area Connection should be set to get its IP address automatically, which it does by DHCP from the "Host" PC. Also, if you run the Zone Alarm firewall in your “Host” PC, the Internet Zone Security level must be reduced from High to Medium or “ICS” traffic will be blocked.

To enable “Internet Connection Sharing” in Windows XP, open the Network Connections folder, right click the actual internet connection (modem connection), select Properties and then the Advanced tab. Tick the box “Allow other network users...etc”.

2) The preferred option for connecting more than one computer is to use a broadband Router and, with ADSL, this should be a combined “Router/ADSL Modem”. This is an ”Infrastructure” wireless network because the connected PCs communicate via the router’s Wireless Access Point. Again, a wireless adapter is installed in any PC that needs to connect wirelessly, but often the main PC is close enough to the router for it to use a “wired” connection with only the remote PC connecting wirelessly

With a router, it is the router which connects directly to the ISP and not one of the connected PCs. The router in turn allocates the IP addresses to the PCs, using one of the address ranges reserved for Local Area Networks, usually

Either of these options will additionally allow you to run File and/or Printer Sharing wirelessly across the network.

If you are running software firewalls, the IP addresses of the networked PCs must be put into its "trusted" area to allow them to communicate with one another.

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