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I have 2 computers with Windows XP that I want to network and share my DSL connection. What I would really like to be able to do is for my wife and I to be able to play internet games together at the same time on each computer. For example, both of us playing like everquest or some other online game like that.

Could someone tell me what equipment I would need to do this and what I need to do? I have networked 2 computers together at work using NetBEUI, so I have a little experience with networking but those comps don't share the internet connection.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
 

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Get a router (for example, the D-Link DI-604 recently received a good review from PC Magazine). The router will come with instructions on how to set up for sharing a DSL connection. If your machines are next to each other, or if your house is wired, this is simple to set up.

If the machines are not near each other and you don't want to run cables, then look for a wireless 802.11 access point and router. You'll need to purchase wireless cards for your computers. I know plenty of people who love wireless but I personally would not choose this approach unless it was necessary (for example, no wiring, or if you have laptop computers and you want to move them around).
 

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So just any router would accomplish what I want to do? There is an $88 Linksys 4 port router at the local store. Would that be a good one?

Also can I still use crossover cable with a router or will I have to get regular?
 

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FWIW, you can pick up broadband routers in the $40 range shipped to you looking in Pricewatch, $88 plus tax doesn't seem like that good a deal. :)

You will need standard cables, not crossover cables for connecting to the router.
 

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Any DSL compatible router will work and you don't need a cross over cable, just the normal RJ45, CAT 5 will do. I had 3 machines on a DSL connection with a NetGear router and works fine, even playing games.
 
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