Belkin switch vs DSL/Router/Switch

jasguild
jasguild used Ask the Experts™
on
I have a win 2000 system with a soyo mb, 256 ddr ram and athlon xp 2000 processor

My girlfriend has a windows 2000 compaq notebook.

I want to be able to connect our two computers together to exchange files and share printer easier.

I plan to get highspeed internet in about a years time but not yet.

I notice that Belkin has a basic network switch and for a few more dollars it has a dsl/cable/Gateway router which apparently can operate as a switch too.

Can I buy the dsl/cable/gateway router and use just the switch part of it for now?  As I mentioned I am not ready to get highspeed but would prefer to get this if it will allow me to share highspeed when I get it.

Comparing this to the basic switch, it would seem that I would not be able to share the highspeed with the basic switch.  This looks like a dead end for my future plans.

Please let me know if my reasoning makes sense and feel free to suggest alternate suggestions.

thanks

jasguild
Comment
Watch Question

Do more with

Expert Office
EXPERT OFFICE® is a registered trademark of EXPERTS EXCHANGE®
Top Expert 2004

Commented:
>Can I buy the dsl/cable/gateway router and use just the switch part of it for now
absolutely!
also check out the d-link 704P
it has a serial port so you could hook up and external modem, and share your dialup for about ($60 us)
Top Expert 2004

Commented:
>Comparing this to the basic switch, it would seem that I would not be able to share the highspeed with the basic switch.
if your isp will provide two ip addresses (usually costs more), and then you have to do some other stuff to share files (install NetBEUI, and even that may not work)
the router/gateway is by far the better way to go, for not much more $$
Solution Architect
Commented:
well, I better recommend you to buy a cross network cable to connect your two computers together, and forget that router until you consider seriouly to go for the internet connection, because technologies change very fast over time, and also because you don't need it yet.

that cable will remain useful always.

Regards
jasguild:
This old question needs to be finalized -- accept an answer, split points, or get a refund.  For information on your options, please click here-> http:/help/closing.jsp#1 
EXPERTS:
Post your closing recommendations!  No comment means you don't care.

Author

Commented:
Because I am not ready for highspeed yet, I decided to hold off on the switch router.  The cable works just fine.

thanks

jasguild

Do more with

Expert Office
Submit tech questions to Ask the Experts™ at any time to receive solutions, advice, and new ideas from leading industry professionals.

Start 7-Day Free Trial