Cant share internet connection
the reason why is you likely have a bridge modem. You have no connection holder other than whichever pc boots first/network device wakes on the lan. In order to 'share' your connection, you need a router or unbridge your modem. In all honesty, it's cheaper in time to purchase a reputable router (Linksys, Netgear, Cisco, Belkin, D-Link, I don't trust Airports- no web-based access makes me TWITCHY) If your connection is DHCP (first computer gets online only, others are out of luck)- the vast majority of routers are already set to DHCP- so it would be a swap of the box (moving your switch out) or just bridging in the router (setup would be modem > router> switch in port one of the router > your PCs) The additional benefits are the router would allow you to do basic firewalling of your private network, as stated share the connection, adds wireless capability (if you have an Iphone, Android or other smart device like a game console, TV, printer, etc), and gives more ports to play with
In all honesty, the majority of "gateway" modems provided by the ISPs I have personally dealt with are better off as just modems, and have an actual router doing the heavy lifting. They usually have just basic router capabilities- and the modem firmwares I have dealt with... well, let's just say it's job security for me!
Cost of the fix: about $25 for a basic wireless 4 port router, cost goes up as you add bells and whistles (and ports!)
Time to install: ~15 minutes depending on setup, more if you have a static or PPPoE connection (I doubt it since you didn't mention having to use a piece of software to get on, or having to setup the pc itself... I think your connection is DHCP (dynamic), however you could confirm w/ your ISP since most if not directly support routers, then at least provide passive support)
Mar 30, 2011 |
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