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Cheapest way to go online with 2 computers simultanuously? Help!

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Hi everyone,
I have the following set up:
I have a WinXP Home laptop with an ethernet card and a WinXP/Win98SE PC which I want to connect in such a way that I can go on the internet with both of them at the same time.
I was told that all I would need is an ethernet card for my PC. Then I connect the two computers in a network and adjust the settings in the laptop to use the internet-connection connected to the PC and I´m ready to go.
But some people are telling me I need a router or something like that. Obviously that would cost a bit of money and I would prefer the cheapest sollution. I would not be sharing any files or printers in the network, just the internet connection.

Any opinions on this?

Oh by the way, the internet connection is a cable DSL modem with a USB and an ethernet connection.

Thanks in advance.
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The best option is a router. In that case, the modem would plug into the router and each pc would also plug into each router. The router would get an IP from your ISP and the router would provide internal IPs to both of your PCs.

Which PC is the modem currently hooked up to? If hooked up via USB to PC1 then I believe you could network PC2 to PC1 (both need NIC) and then configure PC1 to share the connection via ICS, for example. This is not the best option because PC1 would need to be on at all times for PC2 to connect.
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