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    Sharing a broadband connection

    Hi guys...more questions

    We have 2 computers in my house. Mine and the kids.
    I have broadband on mine, and dial up on theirs.
    My 15 yr old got in trouble on my computer about a yr ago, and is finally ungrounded from the internet.
    Money is tight to say the least, and we usually flip from free dial up plans on their computer, but as he will be using the computer again and likes to download music and play online games that pretty much require a fast connection I would like to be able to share the broadband connection.
    My concerns are that
    #1 my speed with significantly slow down...don't like to wait for nothin lol
    #2 it will get costly with equipment needed

    It there a fairly cheap way to do this? I know i can get another isp# (i think thats what it is called) from my company for about 3.00 a month, so thats no big deal, but what else do i need?

    Thanks
    Louise

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    KidTransAm
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    im assuming you have DSL or CABLE..if so this is a piece of cake and not expensive...first youll need a network card on the 2nd machine...( sometimes you can get these free with rebates) but if not...there pretty cheap..anywhere from $5 on up...i paid $20 for mine..but got a rebate.....then youll need a broadband router...you can get a siemens router for 29.99 now at circuit city...its a 4port router..so you can even add 2 more computers later..then just hook em up and change a few settings here and there and whola!.....i have DSL and 4 computers on it..and there is no noticeable performance drop even when all 4 are doin heavy DLs..hope this helps

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    Thanks for the advice!
    Louise

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    mom - post back when you have the equipment. If you control your kids box, you can change some settings that will limit how much bandwidth your kid uses.

    This depends on the OS and how much your kid knows (and who has administratir password)
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    Teelor
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    My 15 yr old got in trouble on my computer about a yr ago, and is finally ungrounded from the internet.
    What did your 15 year old do?? Porn?? Grounding a kid over porn is just wrong. Its totally natural to want to look at porn and there is nothing wrong with it.

    It shouldn't cost too much to get a couple of NIC cards and a router. I would recommend a siemens router from circuit city like KidTransAm recommended.

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    What did your 15 year old do?? Porn?? Grounding a kid over porn is just wrong. Its totally natural to want to look at porn and there is nothing wrong with it.
    Well you see in my house we have rules. In my house if you break a rule you deal with the consequences. I am not one of those parents who talks a lot of talk and does not follow through.
    I say what I mean and mean what I say.
    Rules as well as consequences for breaking those rules are well known.
    He broke a few rules, and chose to totally disrespect my property.
    Therefore he had to deal with the consequences of doing that.
    It was not porn, no need for a rule about porn...and yes I realize it is totally natural.

    His computer has the card already, just need a router and a cable.
    One question though.
    The computers are on opposite ends of the house. Would it be feasable to have t he modem and router in a place that is midway between both computers and just run the cables to each computer?
    Thanks
    Louise

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    I prefer a router for sharing an internet connection.

    Always on, each computer gets to the internet individually....an advantage over other methods of sharing an internet connection such as Windows own built in ICS, or other 3rd party proxy like software. Yes a router costs some money, the other methods are less expensive...but a router is more reliable in my opinion, better performing in my opinion, easier to setup and manage in my opinion, and you also get the added benefit of a basic hardware firewall with it's NAT...to protect all your computers.

    Linksys Etherfast BEFSR41 or BEFSX41 are easy to use, relatively inexpensive, and very compatible with most ISP's. Others such as DLink, Belkin, etc....they're out there, and work fine for most average users. There are higher quality routers out there for those who insist on getting top quality hardware for top performance, and those who need something more robust for running servers, etc. But remember what your needs are, if basic internet connection sharing is all you need....then just get a basic router like mentioned above. I prefer Linksys as the brand for entry level use.
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    Originally posted by Teelor
    What did your 15 year old do?? Porn?? Grounding a kid over porn is just wrong. Its totally natural to want to look at porn and there is nothing wrong with it.


    This is a whole 'nother arguement which shouldn't jack this thread, but lets ask who pays the bills of the house, who pays for food, clothing, the computers, the internet, etc. Kid should follow and respect the rules of the parents until he/she is out of the house and on their own. Yes pornography is a normal part of growing up, but we don't know the details of what happened or to what excess whatever was done in.
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