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    Spliting A Cable Internet Connecion

    Hello,
    My buddy here just got a cable internet service, and it is working great on his computer. His room mate wanted to split it, so they can share the same connection, how is this done?
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    Re: Spliting A Cable Internet Connecion

    Connect the cable modem to a router and the two computers feed from the router. You may have to check with the cable provider to find out if they ALLOW more than one computer. Many will allow it but WON'T support or help you with "networking" setup or configuration.

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    Re: Spliting A Cable Internet Connecion

    Even better if the router contains a (hardware) firewall!
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    Re: Spliting A Cable Internet Connecion

    Right. I use a D-Link BEFSR41 4-port router, you can get one for about $50us. This is for a "wired" router, and will require a network card on each computer (you can get these for less than $10), and CAT 5e cable to connect each computer to the router (also cheap). If running a lot af wire is not desirable, your friends could also set up a wireless network, which works basically the same way (cable modem>wireless router>2 computers) This is slightly more expensive and can be troublesome if the computers are far from each other or there's lots of bricks etc between them, but most of the time it works great, and look ma no wires!

    In either case, there's some basic network setup to be done, the router instruction manual will provide the necessary info.

    It is also possible to connect one computer to the other, and that computer to the internet, but this requires that the internet connected computer be on for the other one to connect (with a router, either or both computers will be able to connect to the internet independently). The router is the way to go.

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    Re: Spliting A Cable Internet Connecion

    if your computor was only connected to cable internet via network card and cable modem was not of the router variety you could also network computers and then use internet connection sharing. So your main computor would then have 2 network cards and the the computer u r sharing with would have one.

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