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Need Home Network Guru

I need some help figuring out something that I'm sure is completely basic for any of your network gurus. I have 2 computers and a laptop. I am looking at getting a cable internet connection and want to network the 3 computers, sharing this connection. The laptop and 1 of the desktops have ethernet already. The third I'll need to buy an ethernet card for.

So far I believe I need to buy a cable modem, a router, and 1 ethernet card. Does this sound right? Is it better to rent the modem from the cable company? Sounds cheaper in the long run to buy one. I want to have a wired network for the 2 computers and possibly wireless for the laptop. However I would like to get the laptop working on a wired network at first so I would at least always have that option.

Any tips for a network newbie would be appreciated.
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Sounds like you got a handle on things. Buy the modem, it's cheaper in the long run. You can even find them with 4port routers built in so you only have to buy one thing.
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Get a wireless router for the laptop. You'll thank yourself later.

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So now the question would be, are there any cable modems, with the 4-port ethernet and wireless all in one?
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So now the question would be, are there any cable modems, with the 4-port ethernet and wireless all in one?
Probably not, if there are I'm sure they're pricey.
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You probably don't want your "network" directly connected to the cable modem anyway. Get a router to use as a firewall. If you get one wireless, be sure and spend the time to read the manual, and at least set up a basic security configuration, SSID Broadcast disabled, WEP Key set, and Mac Address Filtering enabled. I am using a Linksys WRT54G, and it has 4 10/100mbit ports on the back for networking.
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So basically I would have a cable modem, connected to a router (which would have a firewall) and then the 2 computers and laptop connected to the router through ethernet. Right?
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So basically I would have a cable modem, connected to a router (which would have a firewall) and then the 2 computers and laptop connected to the router through ethernet. Right?
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So far I believe I need to buy a cable modem, a router, and 1 ethernet card. Does this sound right? Is it better to rent the modem from the cable company? Sounds cheaper in the long run to buy one. I want to have a wired network for the 2 computers and possibly wireless for the laptop. However I would like to get the laptop working on a wired network at first so I would at least always have that option.

Any tips for a network newbie would be appreciated.
Sounds like you have a good handle on it. I got my modem for free from MSN when I signed up, there are deals like that out there. Behind that is a wireless router with built-in 10/100 switch. Works great.

I have 4 computers on it. 3 wireless and one hard-wired (in case something nukes the wireless network).

Simplest thing is to setup DHCP and let the computers do the work for you. But if you go wireless make sure you enable your 128-bit WEP *AND* configure the MAC address filters. It's not fool-proof but if you monitor your network you'll see if anyone else is using you bandwidth.

Plus if you have some space around your house you are safer yet from roving sniffers (I have about a 300' radius around my house and the closes public road is almost 500' feet away) .
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Sounds easy enough. I guess first step would be to find out what modems are compatible with the local cable company, Comcast.

Thanks for the tips!
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Sounds easy enough. I guess first step would be to find out what modems are compatible with the local cable company, Comcast.

Thanks for the tips!

i am no genius but, if i can do it, you can too. good luck.

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i am no genius but, if i can do it, you can too. good luck.
So exactly how much weight did you lose on the SlimFast diet?
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Sounds easy enough. I guess first step would be to find out what modems are compatible with the local cable company, Comcast.
Thanks for the tips!
I have on right in front of me:

Made by 3COM. Looks like something organic, the fin of a shark.

Model number 3CR29223
HomeConnect Cable Modem

There was also another modem they used to distribute with the service but it toally SUCKS. Thing is, you should get the modem for free from ComCrap. I did.
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So exactly how much weight did you lose on the SlimFast diet?

no no no it was the Stacker II diet. Me and Anna Nicole Smith did it together.

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no no no it was the Stacker II diet. Me and Anna Nicole Smith did it together.

No that would be Trimspa.

I watch way to much TV
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