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By gbrownlee ·
Whilst this is probably not the right area, I think you trouble shooting types would be best suited to help.

I have 2 Dell laptops with XP on both. I want to use cables to connect both pc's INDEPENDENTLY to one DSL connection. Do I connect both to a router and then connect the router to the DSL link? What configuration changes would I have to make to the pc's?

I also have a Dell from **** laptop with XP that has an intermitent internet connection, also DSL. Sometimes it will connect right after the OS loads. Sometimes it will take 1-2 hours. Sometimes 4 or more hours. Once it is connected it stays connected until the system is shut down.

Your help is greatly appreciated !

Regards
Greg

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by Black Panther In reply to Network setup

If you don't want to share files etc network the computers together using a 10/100 switch [not hub].

Another solution is to have 2 independent cables from the DSL link itself instead of using a Switch or Router.

This link may help for configuration changes

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=813936

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If you are considering Internet sharing and file sharing in the future you may want to consider a router

here is a link explaining the difference

http://www.duxcw.com/faq/ics/diffrout.htm

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by dmiles In reply to Network setup

You can either order a DSL modem for free (You need a router and a lot of LAN cables to connect the PCs) or order a DSL modem with wireless router (You can connect PCs to modem by either LAN cable or wireless LAN, but it may needs router too, because it only has one port for LAN cable) for $50. I suggest you use a DSL modem with wireless router because it can support both wired and wireless LAN.
The supplied DSL modem with wirelss router can only support 11M BW, not 54M or higher. Although 11M is good enough for online because the uplink and downlink of DSL are ~250k and ~1.5M respectively, the modem with 54M BW has higher BW for intra-communication . I think you can consider the DSL wirelss modem

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