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hi
i don't know what is router? & how to configure it?so will u explain me what is router & how to configure it plz!! I have "Realtek 8139" LAN card.
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A broadband router is a device that you use to share your internet connection, it fowards the traffic from your internal network (home) to the external network (internet). this way, all you machine on the same network can all access the internet at the same time.

Computer1
home network ----- Router -----Internet
Computer2

A router is practicly the same thing. but it fowards the traffic between networks.. it could be multiple networks if the router has multiple interface..  the multiple networks do not have to be the internet necessaraly. It could be different branch of 1 corporation.

Network 1------
                      | Router------Network 3
Network 2------      |
                       Internet
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by:Yan_west
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example of a broadband router:
http://www.linksys.com/products/product.asp?grid=34&scid=29&prid=561
(see installation guide on the right)

Example of a cisco router
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/routers/ps282/index.html

There are a HUGE difference of price between these devices ;)
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I do believe the question was , what is a router. grblades answered it rather well.
As ti the secind part of the question. you need a router before we can tell you how to configure it.
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