Use switch or router to share internet conenction (adsl)?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by fantasi, Apr 17, 2004.

  1. fantasi

    fantasi My Yngy is My HoneY! Folding Team

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    I am thinking of getting an adsl connection and want to share between 2 computers. Can a switch be able to do this or would a router be better?

    also, my friend has a switch that has 3 people connected, in order to go online, all comps must be set to automatic DHCP but when we want to play a lan game (e.g. war3) we have to manually set one? anyone know why?
     
  2. cpugeniusmv

    cpugeniusmv Computer Genius

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    1. i'd get a router. if you use a switch, one of the computers would have to be left on so that the other computer could access the internet.

    2. hmm, that's weird. can you give us a little diagram of how the network is? is it connected to the internet in anyway?
     
  3. j79zlr

    j79zlr Glaanies script monkey Political User

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    It is because the switch is not a DHCP server like a router, the computers are receiving a WAN IP via DHCP not a LAN IP.
     
  4. cpugeniusmv

    cpugeniusmv Computer Genius

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    that's what i was thinking...but i wasn't sure how he had the internet connected to it :)
     
  5. Reg

    Reg eXperienced!

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    I would also go with the router. A lot of ISP's charge you more for multiple IP addresses and using a switch would require multiple. A router would only need one IP from your provider. It would assign private IP addresses to your machines, thus saving you money.
     
  6. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    Most DSL modem/routers include a 4 port switch in them already.
     
  7. Henyman

    Henyman Secret Goat Fetish Political User

    a router is the way to go, one with a built in adsl modem will be even better and simpler :cool:
     
  8. toretto

    toretto Mentally Absent

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    router most definately.
    on my own setup, i go from the modem, to a router, which goes to my xbox, a couple pc's, and another switch. from the switch, to a few more puters.
     
  9. chaos945

    chaos945 Moderator

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    Switch get a SWITCH! Err, Router. :p
     
  10. Tweakfiend

    Tweakfiend OSNN Senior Addict

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    Yes Router/ modem is by far the best.... and you can net share,fileshare as well as share cd/dvd drives etc.