How do I connect 3 computers to my broadband?

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by goldstar0011, Jun 3, 2003.

  1. goldstar0011

    goldstar0011 Guest

    How do I connect my 3 computers (in different rooms) to the internet using a HUB?
    I know some basics about networking, just would like so advice on a cheap HUB, wires needed and how to setup!

    I'd like them to share Internet, Hard Drives and Printer and Scanner!

    Cheers
     
  2. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    Instead of using a hub, get a router.

    Then all you have to do is plug each of the computers into the router, plug the cable modem to the router's uplink port, and you're all set. Then share the files and printers on each of the computers.

    Some routers also have built-in print servers that allow you to plug in a printer to the router so that it can be shared on the network.
     
  3. NetRyder

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    .........modem
    .............|
    .............|
    ..........router
    ......./....|.....\
    ....../.....|......\
    ...PC....PC.....PC

    :)
     
  4. chris

    chris Free to Fly

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    Someone with better knowledge than me can correct me if i'm wrong, but i'm pretty sure that using a router means that you dont need to have a PC permanantly switched on to use the internet as it is available seperately to each computer.

    from my experience using a hub, the internet connection comes through one of the computers connected to that hub, so if that computer is not switched on the internet cannot be reached by the other computers.

    again, sorry if this is way of or hard to make out
     
  5. SkazzyUK

    SkazzyUK XP-erience Oldie

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    Chris you are correct :) and that makes perfect sense, if you go through a hub then one machine will have to dial up and share, is that pc isn't on, there will be no internet for the other machines. OIn the other case if you have a router then no machines have to be on for the internet to be running :)

    Skazz
     
  6. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Yup, the router does the connecting ;)
     
  7. Maveric169

    Maveric169 The Voices Talk to Me

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    Well the primary reason for a hub is when you have more computers than you have ports on your router. Like if you have 15 computers and 1, 5 port router. You use hubs to connect say 3 computers together and to the router 5X.


    .........modem
    .............|
    .............|
    ..........router
    .............|
    .............|------------------|----------------------|
    .............|.......................|...........................|
    ...........HUB..................HUB.....................HUB
    ......./....|.....\ .........../....|.....\............../.....|......\
    ....../.....|......\........../.....|......\............/......|.......\
    ...PC....PC.....PC...PC....PC.....PC......PC...PC.....PC
     
  8. Shade2074

    Shade2074 OSNN Addict

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    Ya I made the mistake of getting a hub first (back before i knew anything about networking) but it's all good becuase now I use the router to conncet all the PC's to the modem, and then I needed the hub to get all my video game systems online throught the last port on the router :p So if you already got a hub, save it - it just may come in handy later on :D

    .........modem
    .............|
    .............|
    ..........router ---------------- HUB--------GameCube
    ......./....|....\....................../...|...\
    ....../.....|......\................../.....|.....\
    ...PC....PC.....PC...........PS2..Xbox..Dreamcast
     
  9. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    I'd just like to say that ASCII drawings are great :D
     
  10. Larz

    Larz Guest

    Conect 3 computers to 1 connections

    I have presently 3 computers on one router, two are wireless. I use D-Link components. i would recommend when you chose components make sure they are the same manufacturer. They communicate better. My wireless works well in all rooms of my home. I love not needing a USB or ethernet line. Worth considering.

    Regards
    Lars