DI-604 router for networking

I have 3 Win2K machine sharing a briadband connection using a DLink DI-604 router.  I want ti network these machines together to 1) share a printer and 2) share files.  Do I need to add NIC cards or can I do it throught the router?  I'm new to this stuff.
lkrypelAsked:
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sirbountyCommented:
lkrypel,

You'll need NIC cards for all 3 machines - sorry.  They are cheap now.  You'll want to follow the system's architecture, but if they're relatively new, you can get PCI cards (usually 10/100 Ethernet for description).

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sirbountyCommented:
If your router has multiple ports - one port will connect to your broadband (WAN) and the others will connect to any of the remaining ports.  The router probably is set up for DHCP so, each machine will acquire its own IP address from that and then you should be able to connect (assuming they're all in the same workgroup).
chicagoanCommented:
You can connect up to 4 machines to your dlink's built-in 4-port switch. As sirbounty says, each will need an ethernet adapter, though if you're faint of heart and don't want to open them up you can use USB ethernet adapters that simply plug into the USB ports, although PCI adaptors are inexpensive and less problem prone.

You don't say what operating systems your machines are using, but let's guess some flavor of windoze:
You'll have to enable file and printer sharing on at least one of them it that's what you mean by 'network' and tell the machine who can connect. It's all pretty straghtforward.

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