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Adding 2nd computer to msn broadband

I currently have msn broadband through Qwest Connect Silver residential service, using Actiontec modem #GT701R. I want to connect a 2nd computer, HP a6610t, which has a 56k modem built in. I'd like these computers to work independently, not sharing info. The computers could be used in the same room or in rooms close to each other that each have phone jacks. It would not be a big problem if they could not be used at the same time.

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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

Initially, the built-in 56K modem of the HP-A6610T will not work with a broadband line. It will however work with the regular telephone but it would require a separate dial-up account. If your requirement is for them to share the broadband connection, then a router would have to be used. To make each computer not be able to access each other would entail removing any shared folders on each. The only thing they would be sharing is the Internet access.

Pls post back should you want to explore and consider this solution. However, should you reject this solution, then all my subsequent postings may no longer be viewable by you.

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If the computers are with in cabling distance to each other I would suggest a router and hook the cable modem directly to the router so so each computer does not have to do the routing services. ============ If you are going to connect ONLY 2 computers to each other, you don not need a router, or a hub. All you need is a "cross-over cable". It is a type of RJ45 Network Cable that you can find anywhere. You would however need another Network Card, AKA Ethernet Card. The extra NIC (short form for network interface card) will be put in your main computer that is connected to you cable/dsl modem. You would basically have your modem connected to your computer through one card, and the crossover cable connected from the same computer to the other one through the other NIC Card.

That Way, You don't have to spend about $120 for a router, and you also don't need a hub.

IF you decide to buy even another computer and want to connected it to the network, you will than have to consider buying a router, or a hub.

Routers are better because simply saying, routers intake the signal, and regenerate it to all the computers connected to it whereas Hubs split the signal up.
Therefore, hubs are almost tripple times cheaper. The Crossover cable method only workds with two computers.

Interms of the routers, I think Linksys is a good and affordable router. (get the Linksys 4 port router)

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You will need to get a Lan / Ethernet card to the 2nd computer. and connect it to the dsl modem also, if there are no open slots you will need to get a hub or a switch in the middle.

This one for example http://www.bizrate.com/networkhub_switches/trendnet-te100-s5-network-switch--pid607324985/compareprices.html

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