Re: Setting Up A Broadband Router
Your solution would be to switch over to a wireless broadband connection, unless you really want a wired connection. Should you want a wireless DSL router, it will automatically pick up any PC on your network, pending your laptop have a wireless adapter built in. If not, then you'll need a USB wireless adapter.
If you choose to go to a wired route, you can still use the same wireless broadband router. Linksys wireless routers have 4 ports (for the basic router) in which you can connect using a Category 5e ethernet cable to, and the other end will simply go to a switch or directly to the back of your PC or into a NIC on your laptop.
In general a DSL modem may have just "one" port designated as WAN. THat's common in all modems even if you're using cable internet. There should be other ports on there that allows yoo to connect to other pCs, using an ethernet cable--not a phone line.
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