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By clutch43 ·
Friend of mine has DSL on Win98. He plans on buying a new computer and attempt to share the DSL conection? What is the easiest and cheepest( if thast even possible ) way to go about it? Also will sharing the connection slow down the overall speed ofthe DSL on either computer? Any input will be helpful and thanks ahead of time !

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by shyamaldes In reply to Sharing DSL Connection

I share a cable modem between 2 pcs. One WinMe and the Other Win98. You can use the Intel Anypoint wireless units from
http://www.intel.com/anypoint/
I have the wireless USB model which cost $100 each. I got them in a special offer from CompUSA. Check out the website they have phoneline models also

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by McKayTech In reply to Sharing DSL Connection

Sharing a DSL connection works quite well and unless one computer is doing some really heavy file transfers, one shouldn't bog down the other because the nature of Web browsing involves short bursts of data with long periods of inactivity between packets.

If the two computers are both desktop computers, the easiest and cheapest way to go about it is to install two network cards (I'm a big fan of the $15 clone type cards), connect them with a Category5 crossover cable, and configure one computer or the other with either Win98/2nd edition or W2K Professional. On that computer (which will also be the one with the DSL modem), you'll implement Internet Connection Sharing.

The wireless solution mentioned in the first answer is also feasible but it's definitely not the cheapest way to go.

paul


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by gbworld In reply to Sharing DSL Connection

The best method is to get a gateway/router. There are a variety of companies that sell them for cable modems and DSL. You can use Windows 98 connection sharing, but it is more of a pain (although cheaper). Most of these gateway/routers are running around 100 to 100 and a half right now.

Yes and no. It will potentially slow the other down, but only if both are consuming massive amounts of bandwidth at the same time, like watching 100k streams, etc. For most situations, including game play, there will be no noticeable difference as there is plenty of bandwidth for both.

I currently have a cable gateway/router with a firewall on mine and it ran about $150. Check out sites like shopper.com and pricewatch.com for the best solution for DSL. I know they are out there as I was trying to get DSL here (can't, but that is another story). The gateway/routers with a firewall are generally set up by using DHCP and hitting a "website" on the gateway/router. The changes on the computer are minimal, and everyone I have seen has instructions easy enough for a child to set it up, so it should be extremely simple for anyone who has been on a computer for any length of time.

The added benefit of the gateway/router is shielding your computer from potential hackers.

Hope this helps.

Gregory A. Beamer
MCP: +I, SE, SD, DBA

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by shmaltz In reply to Sharing DSL Connection

PMWright (using 2 NICs in a win9x machine) has the answer for whats the chepiest sullotion, However in my experience (I have done over 10 DSL sharing installations last week alone) using a win98 amchine as a gateway computer is not good, for the following reasons.
1. Unstable. When you use the win98 mahcine as the gateway this computer has to be on at all times, win98 has major problems with TCP/IP when its on for a long time, Win98 has major starting and shutting down problems when using morethen one NIC. I have seen alot of times with win9x computers that had 2 NICs that one morning the regullar Micorsft sharing will not work (for no reason, all that helped was to reinstall win9x).
2. Connectivity. When you use a computer for the gateway that computer has to receive all the data and then forward it thru the other NIC to the computer it was sent to, works fine (untill you dont run in to other problems) but a major reason for slow downs on both the gateway computer and the other computer.
3. Security. If you use a copmuter as a gateway you will have to make sure that the computer is secure enough for outsiders not to get to your personal data (its also a concern when you have only one computer connected to the internet, but with 2 its even a bigger problem). When you use a hub it has built in security.
Im telling you if you go with the cheaper way (win9x machine with 2 NICs):1. Its going to be $150.00 cheaper, 2. Its going to take at least 1 hour to setup, 3. Its going to end up consting more.
If you go with the expensive way (a hub/router/gateway that costs around $150.00):1. Its going to be $150.00 more. 2. Its going to take tops 10 (ten) minutes to setup. 3. Its not going to cost you a cent more.
BTW if you use Dial Up over DSL (not always on DSL) then you have to make sure that the hub/router supports PPPoE (Point to Point Protocol over Ethernet) most of then do but make sure.

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by wlbowers In reply to Sharing DSL Connection

Do not share a connection through a second computer. The second machine has to be on and it slows that machine down.

Buy 2 nic cards. Install them
Buy a Gatewall/Firewall with a hub combo.
There are several out there here are two.
Dlink DI-704 $102.00 on pricewatch.com
Netgear RT314 $128.00 on pricewatch.com
The instructions are clear and they work with dsl or cable.

It's that simple.

Good Luck Lee

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