I have cable and two computers one is xp the other is 98, I want to know whether I should get a router or a switch. In your case, a very good, basic and free approach would be to turn ON the Windows Firewall anyway, and make sure that File and Printer Sharing was turned off. Time has elapsed You have reached 0 of 0 points, 0 Average score. Connect an Ethernet cable between your computer and the network device. Thanks for your site. Can I just remove the XBox network adapter and hook it up directusing my wireless Base Station as a straight router? Hi Leo, I just searched Google for the differences between a hub, a switch, and a router and landed on your site.
However you can usually change the location by using telephone extension cables or longer WAN cables.
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When viewing your configuration some devices refer to it as the default router whereas other use the term default gateway. This gets really ugly really quick, and people make careers out of cofiguring these things. Here is my situation: A router operates as a switch for basic routing: If it does wireless too, it also includes a WAP. Turn on your computers and allow them to fully boot up. You need a router to share a single IP address among multiple computers.