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Not enough ethernet ports

This isn't really a problem with my Linksys router, it's more of a problem with my computer, but it's interfering with my wireless needs. On my computer, there is only one Ethernet port. The Linksys router that I have says that I need at least two. What is a cheap solution that won't require a whole new computer?!

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  • graykitty101 Feb 05, 2008

    No, you see, my modem ALSO needs a port. One port from modem plus one port from router equals two ports.

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I have this router, you do not need two ports for your pc.
one port marked internet goes into your modem then the other ports marked 1-4 goes into your pc. it doesnt matter what one you plug it into. heres a little diagram


MODEM---------> LINKSYS ROUTER ------------> PC ethernet port.

(note: the cable from the modem to router and router to pc is a straight through cable, AKA Patch Cable. )

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