I've just had Broadband Internet (2Mbps cable, *not* ADSL) installed in my house, and would like to share the connection over 2 PCs, so both PCs can be surfing the net at the same time.
I don't want to use ICS (Internet Connection Sharing - where one PC is connected and passes traffic to the other), because that requires one PC to be powered on whenever the other needs to connect. I also don't want wireless, because of the extra cost of transmitters at the PC ends, and I already have UTP cables in place. I also don't want to add another PC to my house, to act as a firewall or whatever.
I already have a (borrowed) 5-Port Fast Ethernet Switch (Edimax ES-3105P), but that doesn't seem to be a router, gateway or firewall.
Note that my ISP can/have supplied me with *only one* IP address. Here's some basic info re their service:
My questions are:
1. Can I use just my Edimax switch to achieve what I want?
2. If not, what are some cheap options to achieve what I want?
3. Would the solution your suggesting, allow file sharing between the PCs (not going via the Internet)? (File sharing is not vitual, but I'd like to know).
One PC runs Win98SE and the other runs WinXP SP2 and Linux (Redhat Fedora) - dual bootable.