xp/verizon dsl desktop-phone/ethernet conn. damaged elec.storm-new laptop LR how to be online w/both computers at same time

Posted on 2005-04-04
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I have a desktop computer xp/dsl verizon..however last summer during an electrical storm my ethernet connection/phone line was damaged and I called verizon and had to switch to using USB ports..been working great, no problems.  I purchased a laptop and would like to use both computers w/ internet access at the same time.  Am I able to use a 'router' with a USB connection or do I need to have ethernet connection?  What can I do?  Is there anyway around this?  Please help..thanks
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Off the top of my head, I don't know of many USB enabled routers that would provide you with the access you need.  But your problem is certainly not a hard one to resolve.  Simply purchase a new NIC ($15) for your computer and go back to a true ethernet connection.  Installing a new NIC is simplicity itself.  You just open the case and plug it into a PCI slot, and start it up.  XP will find the NIC and install the drivers for you (99% of the time).  Now you will have the connection you need.

Next just get a Consumer Grade router (Linksys is the one I prefer) and connect everything up.  This again is pretty much plug and play, but gets a little more complicated when using Wifi if you go that route.

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BTW:  don't forget to go into your BIOS and disable the unusable on-board NIC.  But then again, if the original NIC was a PCI card, then just pull the card out of the system before installing the new one.  One thing though, if you pull the old card out, boot the system back up so it knows that the card has been taken out, before you install a new card.  (Although not necessary, this step sometimes works better than making the system do both in one boot...  :)

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