hookup laptop and desktop to DSL mo

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July 16, 2007 at 09:46:25
Specs: Win XP Pro, 512mb

I am thinking about buying a laptop. Can or how do I hookup my laptop and my desktop to use a internet connection I currently have through my phone company...Embarq high speed DSL modem using current Earthlink as my internet provider? Is this possible to buy a router that is capable to use both the desktop and laptop at the same time on different web sites?


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July 16, 2007 at 11:43:32

Does your modem have more than one connection type (wireless, multiple ethernet, etc) or is it just a single connection?

ICS might be the answer.. OR wireless if your modem has that capability.

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July 16, 2007 at 12:26:32

All you need is a router. I would suggest a wireless one and getting a wireless card installed in the notebook when you purchase it. Here is a link to what is probably the most widely sold router in existance.


That should fit all of your needs.

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July 16, 2007 at 13:00:01

ICS will work. Also, if you have a 'networking modem', it will act as a router. you can tell this by seeing how many ethernet 'outs' are on your modem. if you only have two ports, you'll need a router or to use ICS, which may require a secondary NIC.
If your desktop has wireless capabilities, then you need to know that you cannot hook up an access point and try to have the laptop and desktop trying to obtain an IP at the same time; you WILL get an IP conflict error.

you could do it the bunk way and just swap plugs, but i have to do that right now, and, believe me, it sux.

hope that helps

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July 16, 2007 at 16:44:54

Instead of ICS consider Analogx's proxy. It doesn't have the ip issues that ics has.

I read it wrong and answer it wrong too. So get off my case you goober.

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July 16, 2007 at 22:02:13

Right now I have an Embarq 660 series with one output for the inthernet. My desktop is a dinosaur so I am sure it doen't have a wireless connection. What is "ICS" and "NIC" ???


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