Splitting Password Protected PPPoE Connection

September 8, 2010 at 22:31:10
Specs: Windows Vista, 2.0
Hi There.

I hope I have posted this in the correct forum, if not then I am hoping an administrator will move me to the right place.

My question is as follows:


I stay in an apartment block where each room pays for a broadband (PPPoE) connection monthly.
I have a unique login and password which must be entered each time I login.
There is only one ethernet port in the room (no wireless)

Desired Goal:

I would like to get my partner a laptop and hook her laptop up to my connection. The reason being that there is no way I am paying twice for 2 computers, which apparently is the deal here.

Is there a way I can split my connection once I am logged in so she can access the internet at the same time?

Potential Problems:

I know there was some configuration done inside my laptop to initiate the connection first. Is there a way to bypass that and simply split the connection after I am logged in?

Thanking you in advance for any help.


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September 8, 2010 at 23:40:18

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September 9, 2010 at 12:49:48
are you using a DSL modem and intiating the PPPOE from your desktop or do you connect with an ethernat cable directly to the jack? I think that by using a home router and setting the PPPOE settings to make the connection that it will share the connection.

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September 9, 2010 at 12:57:22
get a ppoe capable router and put the account and password in its wan interface. This is covered in the routers manual.

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September 9, 2010 at 20:14:46
Hi Jgreenkc.

I just run an ethernet cable out of the wall into my laptop, and then enter a username and password to log onto the connection which is routed around the apartment block from the office downstairs. I want to be able to split my connection and share it with my GFs computer without needing to put a username and password into her computer.

Is this possible?

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September 9, 2010 at 20:33:50
Yep, Try to connect it with a home router like a basic Belkin or D-Link router from officemax. Configure your router to make the PPPOE connection then it should use NAT to the two computers in your apartment.

Does anyone think there would be an issue with "Router behind Router"?

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September 9, 2010 at 21:30:59
Thank you for your help.

Is it easier to configure PPoE on the router, would it come with instructions?

So to confirm - I would need to come out of the wall socket with ethernet cable in to the router, out the other side into my laptop, log on to the network using my username and password, and then connect the second laptop via ethernet cable to the router. Right?


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September 10, 2010 at 07:42:38
jgreenkc just about all routers are behind other routers. If you do a tracert to a url each "hop" is a router.

pickles the router you buy will come with a manual on how to set up ppoe.

"log on to the network using my username and password"

Not quite
You would write down your ppoe user name and password. You would connect wired to from your laptop/pc to the router. You would logon to the router using the default user name and password. You would then change the admin password to something you will remember. This is the first step in securing your router. You would then, following the manual, configure the wan interface ppoe with the written down user name and password. You would connect a patch cable from the routers wan port to the wall socket.

The manual will walk you thru all of this.

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September 10, 2010 at 08:14:41
Thank you, you have all been of great help. I might be back for help once I have purchased the router.

Thanks again!

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September 10, 2010 at 08:40:27
I know that routers are behind routers. However, I have had issues (mainly with 2wire DSL gateway/routers) detecting a 2nd router and not funtioning properly.

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September 13, 2010 at 00:45:30
Hi All.

I went to some computer shops on the weekend and had conflicting advice from 2 individuals. I explained the advice I had received on here, probably not very well I might add because they looked a little baffled. Anyway, I didnt buy anything because I wasn't convinced I was buying the right thing:

The first guy said: Because I don't have a wireless connection I can just buy a basic LAN router to split my broadband connection. So, out the wall - into router- into computer 1 - log on with username and password - then connect computer 2.

The second said: Network the two computers using windows internet sharing (never done that before). He said I could network via USB (no idea how that would work).

Sorry to be annoying, but if anyone could break down what it is I really need into simple layman's terms I would be grateful, will option 1 or 2 work?

Thank you so much.

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