broadband sharing

can i share broadband without having a router? win xp on all 3 pcs, bt broadband 512kbps

and will this be worth it or shall i invest in a router?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
If you stick a second network card in one of the XP machines, you can create your own router using Internet Connection Sharing.  However, that machine must ALWAYS be on or the other computers won't have access to the internet.  Given the cost of a router (if you look, they can be $20 on sale), I'd get the router.  It'll just be easier on you.
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Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
No doubt about it..  Get the router...   Besides being able to share the connection with a router, it adds additional security to your network, as it 'hides' the network from the public internet by using NAT.  This does not substitute for a firewall, but adds a layer of security at your perimeter.

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humeniukCommented:
You may also be able to pay your ISP for additional IP addresses and use a hub, but again, a router is a much better option (and cheaper in the long run).
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Why?  I think we've all answered the question validly - I'd say point split.
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humeniukCommented:
I agree, I think the question was answered.
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Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
:)
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