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    by mjdme ·

    I have 3 computers at home and just got cable. Should I invest in a router-switch and set up a peer to peer network? or just use the internet sharing program that win98se has?
    What would the benifits of one or the other be?

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    • #3826654

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      by gordlk ·

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      I would invest in a router with a built-in switch. I myself have a Linksys Router with a 4 port switch. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like messing around with additional software. With this hardware solution, it would be easier to troubleshoot if you had connectivity problems. Also, most routers have a built-in firewall and can act as a DHCP server for your internal LAN. When you set up the router, just follow the instructions from the box. You should have no problems getting internet access when you attach your computers to the router, assuming you have TCP/IP already installed in the stack and a NIC. I would disable file & print sharing under bindings in the TCP/IP protocol. I would then add NETBEUI & IPX/SPX protocols to use for the internal LAN for file & print sharing.

    • #3826626

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      by shmaltz ·

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      Invest in the router dont use the internet sharing program that comes with win9x its not as good and stable as the routers.
      The router lets set up some security.
      The router is very stable ther is no need for another computer to be on when you wantto browse the internet.
      Win 9x is very unstalbe when it comes to 2 NIC’s (which you have to install for cable).
      And much more reasons that I dont remember now.

      • #3826623

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        by shmaltz ·

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        By the way since you have 3 computers the difference in price is almost nothing.
        Setting up with internet sharing:
        1. 3 cables = $30
        2. Hub = $ 50
        3. 4 NIC’s $80-$100
        Total = $160-$180
        Router
        1. 3 cables = $30
        2. Hub = $100
        3. 3 NIC’s $60-$75
        Total $190-$205
        Total savings $30??? not worth it.

      • #3801143

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        by mjdme ·

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    • #3826575

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      by jmatt ·

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      http://www.analogx.com/contents/download/network/proxy.htm

      1. It is Free

      2. UNLIMITED INTERNET ACCESS – No “3 User Version” , share it with up
      to any amount of computers!!

      3. HTTP, SHTTP, FTP, POP3, SMTP, Socks4 and Socks5 is all supported!!

      4. Check POP3 e-mail accounts easily.

    • #3801183

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      by ebob ·

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      I too recommend investing in a box to share your broadband. Most of these have at least 4 switched ports, built-in DHCP server, firewall capabilities, and are expandable. I use the Asante FR3004LC which includes a print server and a back-up analoguemodem port.

      Besides not having to run some “unique” software to share my broadband, I don’t even need a computer running for that or for printer sharing. Very nice.

      There are lots of other brands including LinkSys, 3Com and so on.

    • #3801141

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      by mjdme ·

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