You should get set up with a wireless router. That way the kid and wife can surf while you do as well. I can set it up for you when I get there if you don't know how. I have it at home and it is sweet.
Looks like I may have to take you up on that offer.
I only need some input now on what model and maker of router to go out and buy.
If this helps,
My PC and server are,
Dell PC w / WindowsXP
Laptop, is a Dell Inspiron
W / Vista
Let the suggestions begin !
Thanks for the help,
Ned and Margie
Another good reason to get a router, is that if you hook up a second computer to your internet modem, your internet providor may charge you for two separate connections (Some do, some don't)
Some background info about internet, some you may know, some you may not:
Every computer has a unique IP Address.
The IP address is a series of numbers that identifies your particular connections.
If you have a wireless connection and a wired connection, you will have two IP Addresses.
If you plug two separate computers into the same modem, your internet providor will see you have hooked up two separate connections, and may bill you as such.
What a router does is it creates ONE IP Address for itself.
You can hook literally hundreds of computers into a router, but your internet providor will only see 1 IP Address.
Also, a router often has built in security protection, which will help protect you from being attacked by viruses/hackers, etc.
When looking for a router, make sure it is actually a router, and not a hub (they can look similar)
a hub will allow you to connect multiple computers to one connection, but doesn't have the security features of a router.
Getting a wireless router is better still, as you will get the freedom of being able to take your laptop with you wherever you want (yes, even when your creating a story for the taking a dump thread)
but make sure you read the manual and protect your wireless connection or other people will be able to "borrow" your wireless signal.
If you can't figure out how to encrypt your wireless signal
, just ask, i'm sure there are many people on this board who have done it before.