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

fantasi

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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?
 

cpugeniusmv

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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?
 

j79zlr

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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.
 

cpugeniusmv

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j79zlr said:
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.
that's what i was thinking...but i wasn't sure how he had the internet connected to it :)
 

Reg

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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.
 

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

Henyman

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

toretto

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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.
 

Tweakfiend

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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.
 

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