I have an NTL broadband modem connection working OK on my desktop computer. Is it possible to connect a laptop, which is 3 rooms away, to this broadband modem in order to work from the laptop without the desktop computer being on ? If so what is best way.
ps. There is an empty 'enet' hole in the back of the NTL modem. Will appreciate any help
A wireless router will do it but the main (the one the router is connected to) has to be switched on. I have a friend with a similar setup (desktop to desktop) but to access the internet via the "slave" cannot be done unless the "main" computer is up and running.
Yes - plug the modem into a wireless router and then only the router and modem need to be on for access. If you are already connecting the PC to the modem with an ethernet cable this can stay the same. If you are using USB you may need to add an ethernet card to the PC (or a wireless card). I'm not sure that you can use both the ethernet and USB from the NTL modem at the same time - you might need to ask NTL that one.
With the router in my link you do not need another comp on, that only applies if it's a network. I can switch any of my three comps on and connect to the net two desktops wired ethernet. laptop wireless
Failed to mention the NTL modem is currently connected to my main computer via USB and only the laptop has enet hole. Seems a bit tricky to do with main computer off, but will have to try your suggestions unless someone has a full proof method.