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6. Shared Internet Connection Annoyances > SHARED BROADBAND ANNOYANCES

SHARED BROADBAND ANNOYANCES

OUTGROWING YOUR ROUTER?

The Annoyance:

Our Ethernet network shares a DSL connection with a router. The router has four ports, but now we’re adding a fifth computer to the network. Do we have to buy another router?

The Fix:

When it comes to routers, it’s one to a customer—one router plugged into one DSL modem. Your solution lies in a hub or a switch, which connects computers together. The hub or switch, having collected the connections of multiple computers, can in turn be connected to the router. To connect the hub/switch to the router, use one of the ports you’re currently using for a computer. Plug the computer you’re removing from the router into the hub/switch. In fact, you could connect all the computers to the hub/switch. (See Chapter 1 to learn the differences between hubs and switches.)


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