I presently have my laptop and desktop networked using Xover cable. I want to add 2 more desktops to the network. I know that I cannot use the Xover method and must get a router and extra NIC's. I use an ISDN system for Internet access, although this will probably change to BB in the near future. All PC's run XP and will share printers, files and Internet access.
I'm conscious of budget and will use cable rather than WIFI. What do you folks suggest I buy. Are there GOOD and BAD routers. If you have any experiences or suggestions I'd be grateful for your thoughts.
Thanks howard60. Do all routers automatically allow for the sharing of broadband connections or are these two different things altogether or do I need to get two pieces of equipment to allow this, a router and something else. Sorry for being thick.
not 100% sure but most routers have 1 input port and several output ports. I assume that the internet connection goes to the input and your pcs go to the output. I should know I have installed quite a few but do not really use them if you know what I mean. I have my main pc connected directly to the broadband and use internet connection sharing for other pcs that I am working on. The only disaddvantage of this is that the main pc must be on for the others to connect. In my case this is not a problem but it might be for you. Happy new year.
a hub is less sophisticated than a router. Hubs are simply distribution devices, and they send all data traffic to all devices that are connected to them.
Routers handle things differently, and to distribute an Internet connection you should ude a router - far easier to set up and more efficient. My advice is to get the broadband connection first, then buy an ADSL router with modem combined. There are lots of these devices on the market now, in fact there's been a veritable explosion in the sales of wireless networking routers. With a router (on a broadband connection) you don't need to have a 'server' PC running, any computer can access the Internet without any of the others being on - the router automatically establishes the connection when you switch it on. All computers can access the Internet at any one time.
You say that you are going to use a cable network, but a wireless version will give you far greater versatility - you would be able to access the Internet on your laptop anywhere in the house.
Thanks FE. Cant do Broadband until the move to France in the Spring. I'm not totally sure how the French system works yet so I'm working on the basis that I will continue to conect by some sort of dial up - ISDN or old modem style.
Cable is down to both cost (I have already set up the Xover with cable from one end of the house to the other) and also my understanding that cable is (and will be for some time) quicker. £ of the PC's will be used for business and speed will be a major plus.