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    Ben Wabnick May 25, 2011

    Are you talking about something like those older external modems that use a serial port? Explain a bit further please.

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There are several ways. Windows XP & Vista & 7 have 'ICS' ("Internet Connection Sharing") that allows you to connect the second computer to the first computer, and the first computer to the modem, so that the first computer is a "gateway" to the Internet for the second computer.

Or, buy a "router" -- connect the modem to the "uplink" port on the router,
and connect (wired or wirelessly) multiple computers to the "LAN" ports on the router.
The router acts as a "gateway" to the Internet for all the computers on the LAN.

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