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Boba & Ilinka

Now I have hub (10/100) and 2 computers on it. One printer is hooked to one
of computers. I pay for cable internet with 2 IP addresses. I plan to hook
one more computer on the net. What are advantages of router. Thanks for any
suggestion and advice.

Boba Vancouver BC
 
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hawk

Well, I pay for one internet connection with my cable company and I have
three computers hooked up to a router. But it seems that I have heard
about ISPs charging something extra for more than one computer. A friend
in Seattle told me he pays about $35 a month for the first computer plus
$5 a month for each additional computer. He has a DSL connection.

My router has a printer server built in which means that all computers
share the printer without any computer having to be on except the one
using the printer. (Doesn't work with anything but the print functions.)

And my particular router has two wired ports and wireless ports so I use
it with wireless for two laptops and wired for one desktop.

And my router has a hardware firewall which makes the computers on my
network invisible to anyone on the internet. (No hackers.) It also has
other security features like not allowing network access to any computer
(MAC addresss) not on a list, blocking specific UDP and TCP ports, etc.

Regards, hawk
 
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Ralph Mowery

Well, I pay for one internet connection with my cable company and I have
three computers hooked up to a router. But it seems that I have heard
about ISPs charging something extra for more than one computer. A friend
in Seattle told me he pays about $35 a month for the first computer plus
$5 a month for each additional computer. He has a DSL connection.
Unless he has equipment from the ISP that he is "renting" for the $ 5 he
should be able to hook up his own router and not pay the extra money.
 
C

Craig

Ralph Mowery said:
Unless he has equipment from the ISP that he is "renting" for the $ 5 he
should be able to hook up his own router and not pay the extra money.
 
C

Craig

That extra $5.00 is for a second IP address that is paid to the ISP.
If you have a router you don't need any additonal IP addresses.

Craig
 
H

hawk

Maybe I misunderstood or maybe my friend doesn't understand, but I
thought he said that he had a router. Maybe he has a hub and doesn't
know the difference. Anyway, my ISP doesn't charge for any additional
computers. I am not even sure they can tell how many computers are
hooked up to the router.

Regards, hawk

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Larc

| Maybe I misunderstood or maybe my friend doesn't understand, but I
| thought he said that he had a router. Maybe he has a hub and doesn't
| know the difference. Anyway, my ISP doesn't charge for any additional
| computers. I am not even sure they can tell how many computers are
| hooked up to the router.

They can't since the router is the only device the modem is communicating with.
My ISP doesn't care if their customers use routers. They even sell wireless
routers and will come to set them up — for a fee, of course.

A router is one of the greatest things since sliced bread as far as I'm
concerned. My wired Netgear ties everything together and gives me access to the
Internet and two printers from all computers. And you can't beat being able to
move or copy files from one computer to another as easily as from one folder to
another on the same computer. :)

Larc



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spodosaurus

Boba said:
Now I have hub (10/100) and 2 computers on it. One printer is hooked to one
of computers. I pay for cable internet with 2 IP addresses. I plan to hook
one more computer on the net. What are advantages of router. Thanks for any
suggestion and advice.

Boba Vancouver BC
Hook as many PCs up through the router as you want using only 1 IP address.

Ari

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D

Darren Sellner

Hey there,

Hook as many PC's up to the router as you want, you're ISP can't tell whats
behind the router. Since your connected VIA a router, the router uses the
IP that your ISP assigns. The router itself acts as a DHCP server and
assigns non-routable IP's to your other computers (typically starting at
192.168.1.100). Only the computers behind the router can see these IP's.
So you could have 20 or 30 computers behind the router and your ISP, as well
as the rest of the world on the otherside of the router, would just see the
single IP your ISP assigned to you. This is also good because the router
acts as a firewall protecting you from virus such as the recent blaster
virus or the SQL slammer. I'm quite sure that if you chose to use a HUB
your ISP could see anything hooked up to it.
 
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