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Chapter 37. Networking > Do You Need a Router?

Do You Need a Router?

If you're setting up a network just to share data between your home PCs, you probably won't need a “residential gateway,” or router. But if you want the machines on your network to share a single Internet connection, you may need one. However, there are a couple of ways to get around using a router. One is to use multiple IP addresses, and another is to use one of the PCs on your network as a server that connects all of the other machines.

By now you're probably either frantically searching the glossary or questioning the claims that this book is user friendly, but before you demand a refund, let me explain a little about IP addresses and servers so that you can decide on the best setup for your network.


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