Ethernet cable connection

  MS35 18:50 31 Oct 2005

I have a desktop connected to Broadband via a Wanadoo USB Speedtouch modem. I'm using Windows 2000 and I've never networked PCs together.

I have an option to use a work laptop through VPN (Virtual Network) but need to connect the laptop via an Ethernet cable (which I have) as there is no wireless card installed.

What simple options do I have for using my one phone line to retain a broadband connection for my desktop and cable my work laptop to the same connection for VPN?

Thanks, let me know if you need more!

  lozparry 21:40 31 Oct 2005

Your best option would be to buy a router, this you connect your telephone line to and the computers via ethernet cable.

  lozparry 21:42 31 Oct 2005

I should have said, adsl modem router

  Toffly 11:27 02 Nov 2005

"I should have said, adsl modem router", switch :P

make sure it contains a switch, most commonly 4 port, so that each device can connect individually to the router/modem/switch via it's own Ethernet cable

remember that you need straight through cables, EIA/TIA 568-B

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