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Making a Home network with Broadband

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Making a Home network with Broadband

Hi,
Im new to broadband, and i need a little help. I have until recently only had the one computer, but now i have 2, a desktop and a laptop. I have the Plusnet Home self install. Now that I have two computers i really need a basic home network. I wish to share the printer on the desktop, files, and my new broadband connection. I want to use kazaa, internet explorer, and MSN messenger. I have done a little research, and found you need a router, and a hub. It is all really confusing, and i have seen all in one units. I need help on choosing one. Ideally i need a cheap one that will work, i have seen some good ones on ebuyer. Please could someone reccomend a good combined unit or seperate ones from ebay.
Thanks very Much
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RE: Making a Home network with Broadband

> Hi,
> Im new to broadband, and i need a little help. I have until recently only had the one computer, but now i have 2, a desktop and a laptop. I have the Plusnet Home self install. Now that I have two computers i really need a basic home network. I wish to share the printer on the desktop, files, and my new broadband connection. I want to use kazaa, internet explorer, and MSN messenger. I have done a little research, and found you need a router, and a hub. It is all really confusing, and i have seen all in one units. I need help on choosing one. Ideally i need a cheap one that will work, i have seen some good ones on ebuyer. Please could someone reccomend a good combined unit or seperate ones from ebay.
> Thanks very Much


Angela

You can get router and hub all built in to the same device. I am using a DSL 504 unit here which is a ADSL modem/router with 4 output ports on it.

With this device I can have up to 4 machines all connected to the net at the same time and share file or printers betwwen the machines.
In other words I have a home network which does everything that you stated above.

There are several multiport routers available at prices of well below £100 these days and they are very easy to set up.

Have a look ad the www.adslguide.org.uk for information and reviews on the types available.

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Regards
John
http://www.hmrg.co.uk
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RE: Making a Home network with Broadband

A netgear dg814 is a good choice and works well.

Not a hub is not the same as a router and switch(like the netgear).

A Hub is passive and therefore one port can swamp another a switch keeps the port seperate so this doesnt happen So cheap isnt good.


> > Hi,
> > Im new to broadband, and i need a little help. I have until recently only had the one computer, but now i have 2, a desktop and a laptop. I have the Plusnet Home self install. Now that I have two computers i really need a basic home network. I wish to share the printer on the desktop, files, and my new broadband connection. I want to use kazaa, internet explorer, and MSN messenger. I have done a little research, and found you need a router, and a hub. It is all really confusing, and i have seen all in one units. I need help on choosing one. Ideally i need a cheap one that will work, i have seen some good ones on ebuyer. Please could someone reccomend a good combined unit or seperate ones from ebay.
> > Thanks very Much
>
>
> Angela
>
> You can get router and hub all built in to the same device. I am using a DSL 504 unit here which is a ADSL modem/router with 4 output ports on it.
>
> With this device I can have up to 4 machines all connected to the net at the same time and share file or printers betwwen the machines.
> In other words I have a home network which does everything that you stated above.
>
> There are several multiport routers available at prices of well below £100 these days and they are very easy to set up.
>
> Have a look ad the www.adslguide.org.uk for information and reviews on the types available.
>
>
> --
> Regards
> John
> http://www.hmrg.co.uk

stonechat
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Registered: 30-07-2007

RE: Making a Home network with Broadband

HI

I use Solwise SAR715
Inlcudes router and 4 Ethernet ports
Its easy to set up and got more features than most

Bob