Loc: London, England
I've become fed up struggling with rubbish OSX drivers for my Alcatel ADSL USB modem and am switching to a cable service using an ethernet modem connected to a G4 iMac. I will still need to ethernet my Powerbook to it and was hoping that all I'll need is a simple ethernet hub. I don't need to connect to the internet from the Powerbook.<br><br>Any advice would be welcome before I hit the shops....<br><br>
Loc: London, United Kingdom
Assuming you don't need to connect to the internet and network the powerbook at the same time you don't need any extras you can just switch the cables. I don't think a internet connection would work through a hub, I may be wrong though and I have no experience of doing it myself.<br><br>“Here can be found the last words of Joseph of Arimathea. He who is valorous and pure of heart may find the Holy Grail in the aaaaarrrrrggggghhhhh…”<br><br>- Monty Python and The Holy grail<br>
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Loc: Alexandria, VA
A simple E-net hub should do ya if you DON'T need to access the internet from more than one machine ... the cable modem will want to go in the uplink port on the hub, so make sure the hub has one =)<br><br>If in the future you want to connect with more than one machine, you will need a router - either software or hardware ...<br><br>FWIW,<br><br>***matt<br><br>
neilmac... you don't need a "router" right now, but it I were you, I'd go ahead and invest the few dollars it takes to buy one.<br><br>I have a uGate 3200, which is fantastic. It is connected to my DSL modem, and it does all of the "connect over PPPoe" crap for my house, and I have 8 ethernet connections to it, so that I can connect up to eight computers to the internet, if I want to.<br><br>You can read a bunch of reviews of the uGate 3200 here.<br><br><br>"Great necessities call out for great virtues."<br>--Abigail Adams<br>
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Buy a Linksys or any brand ADSL router or any brand for that matter. This will do the trick. It will give a basic firewall plus the ability to provide access to multiple machines. You will need this regardless of the type of broadband used. This will eliminate you having to configure your machine for the ADSL connection. Connection will be made by the router instead.<br><br>
Actually, everyone here is somewhat wrong in that you WOULD need a router to connect to the net with a cable modem on two machines. I had a standard E-net hub connecting 3 computers and a cable modem and I was able to get on the net with all 3 comps at the same time. It depends on your cable provider. Mine allows up to 5 comps to connect at once. Others may limit you to one connection at a time, and then you would need the router to get the rest on.<br><br>I have since purchased a router because the file transfer rate is much better between the machines than was with the hub. Plus, you get a built in firewall with most routers.<br><br>The router IS the better choice to go with, if for no other reason, because you can get them for just a few bucks more than a standard hub.<br><br>[color:red]semicolon dash parenthesis</font color=red>
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