ok, I'm sure this has been asked before, but just for convience . . .
I will be moving into a house next year with 3 or 4 other college buddies. We will each have our own computers and we will purchase a cable internet connection. We want to split up that connection somehow to all the computers without having the cable company charge us extra (My guess is they do it by how many IPs we would be using, but i dont know for sure.) So my question is this: What is they best way to setup our network for file and print sharing, but also internet connection sharing?
I have been trying to read through the differences between Hubs, Switches and Routers, but everyting i read tells me something different.
I have already started to build a server system (to hookup to the cable modem and share the internet connection) for the network, but now im not sure that is the best idea.
ALso, using programs like AOL Instant Messanger and Peer-to-Peer File Sharing programs are a must, so I need to keep that in mind too. . .
I'm sure this is unclear to a lot of you, but If yo uhave specific questions, I will answer them.