connect routers; for dummies

Dell E-510
December 2, 2006 at 09:06:57
Specs: Windows XP Home, P-4; 3.2Ghz.; 1GB


If anyone has a couple extra minutes, could you please advise me if this is the correct type of router I need? I am lost here.. and have read so many websites already, that I seem to get conflicting info and directions.

The scenario....
I wish to connect two Dell desktops to share a Comcast broadband connection. Both computers have NIC cards. The second computer is a Dell Dimension 4700. I've been unplugging the cable out of the modem to connect it back & forth between the two computers.. this is getting tedious because I have to crawl around on the floor to get in back of the pc's. I've been doing this for months now, lol!!

Both pc's are side by side.. I do not need a wireless router. My Motorola cable modem is also sitting by the pc's so everything is all together.

Here is where I'm lost. Some websites tell me I need "crossover cables". Another one says "network cable". And yet nother recommends that I need to crimp end cables ... I don't have a crimping tool....And another one says that tcip / ip must be manually configured (through a HUB). Is that true.. or does the Windows Network Connection Wizard walk you through that? I'm wondering if I might be getting into something that might be a bit too challenging for me.

Before I go and order the wrong kind of router and cables, could somebody please tell me what I need, and if the router (Amazon link above) is the proper router for what I'm trying to do?

If it's important.... all I am attempting to do is get both pc's to share my Internet connection... No home office... no sharing files... no sharing printer...just a simple way to accomplish this so I don't have to crawl on the floor and manually unplug / replug the cable from pc to pc.

Many, many thanks...

Oops.. If anyone knows of a step by step tutorial "connect routers for dummies", I'd be very interested in that too.

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December 2, 2006 at 09:24:08
Get that router and then you would need this:
1 cable to the modem and to the router
2 cables 1 for each PC
I have this same one and it works great, no need for a crossover cable here....

Keep the old stuff running

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December 2, 2006 at 09:24:08
That will work fine. You don't need any special cables, any ethernet cable will work fine (crossover or not)All you have to do is run ethernet cable from your modem's ethernet port to the "WAN" port on the router. Then, run a cable from each of your PCs to one of the other 4 ports on the back of the router. You might need to restart your computers and rest your cable modem one (unplug the power to it, wait a minute then plug it back in), and then everything should work.

-Ryan Adams

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December 2, 2006 at 09:26:08
You need a broadband router. The Motorola modem plugs into the router with a standard CAT5 cable, and both PC's plug into the router with standard CAT5 cables.

Don't be confused -- you do not need a crossover cable and you do not need to crimp your own.

Whatever router you choose should have simple setup instructions. It is not difficult to share an internet connection between multiple PC's.

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December 2, 2006 at 12:19:03
Excellent, thanks so much everyone... Maybe that was part of my problem; I read much too much and was getting conflicting ideas from many websites.. But at least I was right about the router though, so I'm slowly learnin' ...

My spine is really going to love me too; darn middle ages here and the spine gives me heck when I crawl around on the floor.

Many thanks again friends... I am very appreciative!

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