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Posted: 12/21/2009 10:17:01 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/21/2009 11:40:49 AM EDT by KnightofTheOldeCode]
Do I have to run a second cable line and buy a second modem or can two run off the same modem?

Sorry for the question but I'm not very computer savey and thanks for the advise guys.
Link Posted: 12/21/2009 10:18:22 AM EDT
if you want to plug them both in with data cables, just go get a 15 dollar router.  if you want to sit on the toilet and look at porn, prolly should get a wireless router so you dont need to run cables through the bathroom
Link Posted: 12/21/2009 10:18:26 AM EDT
you need go buy a wireless router at walmart or bestbuy
Link Posted: 12/21/2009 10:19:07 AM EDT
Just get  a wireless access point or wireless router and hook it up to the cable modem. You can then run the laptops wirelessly.
Link Posted: 12/21/2009 10:20:46 AM EDT
Get a router

Hey it gives me a post
Link Posted: 12/21/2009 10:21:04 AM EDT




Originally Posted By AKsala:

if you want to plug them both in with data cables, just go get a 15 dollar router. if you want to sit on the toilet and look at porn, prolly should get a wireless router so you dont need to run cables through the bathroom


This.



The laptops may have built-in Wi-Fi; otherwise you'll need to buy USB Wi-Fi adapters as well.



Prepare for a lot of "AAARRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHHHH" when you decide to go wireless.  When it works, it's great.  But it can be a PITA.

Link Posted: 12/21/2009 12:06:22 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/21/2009 12:15:23 PM EDT by KnightofTheOldeCode]
yeah, just want to hook them up the cheapest way possible and don't really move them around.

So I have 1 cable line coming in to the cable modem, what do i need to hook up the second lap top. can i run a data cable from one lap top to the other, ala vcr to tv or do i need to just get a remote router? thanks again!
Link Posted: 12/21/2009 12:08:02 PM EDT
I take it that the "Old Code" you are a knight of is not binary .
Link Posted: 12/21/2009 12:14:01 PM EDT
Originally Posted By KnightofTheOldeCode:
yeah, just want to hook them up the cheapest way possible and don't really move them around.

So I have 1 cabine line coming in to the cable modem, what do i need to hook up the second lap top. can i run a data cable from one lap top to the other, ala vcr to tv or do i need to just get a remote router? thanks again!



No.


Incoming line > cable modem > wireless router  



Link Posted: 12/21/2009 12:16:15 PM EDT
You could get a cheap network router and run network cables from it to each or go with what everyone else is suggesting and get a wireless router and be done with it.  No wires and freedom of movement.  The wireless option will probably be cheaper too, no cables required.  It's quite easy to set up actually.
Link Posted: 12/21/2009 12:20:55 PM EDT
Wireless router FTW!
Link Posted: 12/21/2009 12:28:34 PM EDT
$20 wired router, or $40 wireless router (which ironically enough, needs wires.).....

Link Posted: 12/21/2009 12:30:32 PM EDT
Read the fine print on your terms of service to see if they allow a router.  Basically, if you can plug any computer into the cable modem, connecting a router should be no problem.  But if they require a login, you may have issues.
Link Posted: 12/21/2009 12:37:08 PM EDT
if you go with a router, be wary of other person stealing all the bandwidth (if the other downloads much movies/porn).  if you're the chronic porn/movie downloader, your partner will be pissed that the internet is broken.
Link Posted: 12/21/2009 12:39:21 PM EDT
old school - null modem cable, or null modem adapter for serial cable.   It'll work, but it's slow (56k FTW!!).
Link Posted: 12/21/2009 12:40:27 PM EDT
Get a router, either wired or wireless.  Get one with a built-in firewall.
Link Posted: 12/21/2009 12:42:52 PM EDT
When you join a network, think of it like checking in to a hotel.  in your case you have a cable modem with one place to plug in a computer.  that is basically a small hotel or a bed and breakfast.  you plug one computer in, and the cable modem automatically assigns it a 'room' Once your computer is assigned a 'room' it knows where to send information from the internet.  think of the information like mail or messages routed to your computer from the rest of the world.  The problem, as you have discovered, is the cable modem only has one port, or place to plug in your computer.  what you need is more ports.  if you get a simple router, and plug it into the modem, the cable modem puts the router into its own 'room.'  The router will have at least 4 places to plug in other computers (a larger hotel, hanging off a small hotel, which doesnt make much sense in terms of the analogy.).  you will plug your two computers into the router and the router will route info between the internet and your computers.
Link Posted: 12/21/2009 12:44:49 PM EDT
Get a wireless router.  What is the point of a laptop if you have to be tethered to the network?



They're $40 and setup is very simple.  You won't be sorry.
Link Posted: 12/21/2009 12:50:39 PM EDT
Wireless router FTW.
Link Posted: 12/21/2009 1:03:57 PM EDT
Wired or wireless router.  Have fun.
Link Posted: 12/21/2009 3:05:32 PM EDT
You will need a router (wireless or otherwise) to go between the two computers and the cable modem. Wireless is the way to go for most people. (I have a mixture of both wired and wireless, but I'm running two independent networks through the same cable modem and have two IP addresses from my internet provider)



Basically you plug the router into the cable mode and then configure your computers to work on the network you created. When you set up the router, it typically will have some questions about the internet connection (wide area network), and some questions about the local area network. The Local area network (LAN) is your laptops.
Link Posted: 12/21/2009 3:07:44 PM EDT
Originally Posted By KnightofTheOldeCode:
Do I have to run a second cable line and buy a second modem or can two run off the same modem?

Sorry for the question but I'm not very computer savey and thanks for the advise guys.


Wireless router.  I can hit PornHub, Spankwire, and DeviantClip ANYWHERE in the house.



Link Posted: 12/21/2009 3:08:56 PM EDT
Originally Posted By reelserious:
Just get  a wireless access point or wireless router and hook it up to the cable modem. You can then run the laptops wirelessly.


I forgot to add to me post, Google how to "bridge" your Router/Cable Modem. It makes wireless connection faster.....



Link Posted: 12/21/2009 3:11:29 PM EDT
Originally Posted By A_Free_Man:
Originally Posted By KnightofTheOldeCode:
yeah, just want to hook them up the cheapest way possible and don't really move them around.

So I have 1 cabine line coming in to the cable modem, what do i need to hook up the second lap top. can i run a data cable from one lap top to the other, ala vcr to tv or do i need to just get a remote router? thanks again!



No.


Incoming line > cable modem > wireless router  







Even if you don't do wireless right now, get the wireless router. It has plugs, too. Easier to go untethered later if you already have a wireless router and decide to surf porn in the attic so people can't see.
Link Posted: 12/21/2009 3:12:29 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Keith_J:
Read the fine print on your terms of service to see if they allow a router.  Basically, if you can plug any computer into the cable modem, connecting a router should be no problem.  But if they require a login, you may have issues.


+87

Depends on the provider. ComCast helped me get set up over the phone. Even asked me if I had a router.....


Link Posted: 12/21/2009 3:12:37 PM EDT
I don't think anyone's said it yet, but....

Get a Router!!!

Get a wireless one too.....Even if you don't have a wireless card right now.  All WIRELESS routers are ALSO wired routers...

You can add a wireless card to your laptop later...
Link Posted: 12/21/2009 3:12:51 PM EDT
Bathroom Laptop Porn FTW!
Link Posted: 12/21/2009 3:15:22 PM EDT
Originally Posted By ChuckD05:
Bathroom Laptop Porn FTW!


Hell, no.

FRONT DECK LAPTOP PORN FTW!!!!!


Nosy neighbors needed an eyeful anyway.....


Link Posted: 12/21/2009 3:19:35 PM EDT
Originally Posted By DScottHewitt:
Originally Posted By ChuckD05:
Bathroom Laptop Porn FTW!


Hell, no.

FRONT DECK LAPTOP PORN FTW!!!!!


Nosy neighbors needed an eyeful anyway.....




PORTABLE PORN FTW!!!
Link Posted: 12/21/2009 3:35:54 PM EDT
Get one of these http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=11060711

or one of these http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=12538152

I'd favor the Linksys over the Belkin.

You can set this up pretty easily using the disc that comes with the router and then you'll be able to use the laptops via wireless.
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