You need a simple broadband router. I'd get a wireless one, even if you don't plan on using it right away. Since they're much more popular, they're actually cheaper than wired only models. If you don't use the wireless, you can simply disable it.
What is the make/model of your DSL modem? You may already have a router and not even know it.
Well, then you already have the equipment for a wired connection, just run a cable from the router to the laptop.
If you want to run a wireless connection, then you'll need a wireless access point or router. Typically, a wireless router will be cheaper than an AP, so you can use one of those with the following configuration.
Connecting two SOHO broadband routers together.
Configure the IP address of the secondary router to be in the same subnet as the primary router, but out of the range of the DHCP server in the primary router. For instance DHCP server addresses 192.168.0.2 through 192.168.0.100, I'd assign the secondary router 192.168.0.254 as it's IP address.
Disable the DHCP server in the secondary router.
Setup the wireless section just the way you would if it was the primary router.
Connect from the primary router's LAN port to one of the LAN ports on the secondary router. If there is no uplink port and neither of the routers have auto-sensing ports, use a cross-over cable. Leave the WAN port unconnected!
Other than portability of the wireless station, or the fact that running a wire might be difficult, there is no advantage to wireless. There are also a lot of disadvantages, which is why the only wireless I use normally is my laptop.
You can't use the USB connection for connecting to a router.
Maybe you should give the make/model of the modem, router, etc.
thats the main question i'm wanting answered, just how to use the comp and laptop at the same time. i have plenty of desk space for the laptop right by the router. so the whole issue of running wires wouldnt be a problem. i'm just unsure of how to get them both going through the 1 connection i have in that room
but ill get the make and stuff when i get off work
Since this is a wired only modem with a single Ethernet port, my advice would be to configure it for bridged mode and buy a wireless broadband router to do your sharing. You can turn off the wireless if you don't need it, but it's much easier to find the wireless models at cheap prices, and they have all the wired capability.
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