The easiest, and most popular way to get a single computer online with is via a USB modem. The process involves connecting the USB modem to the ADSL side of your micro-filter, and your computer to the USB modem using a standard type A to B USB cable. Software installation procedure will vary depending upon the equipment purchased.
Many users choose to share their USB Broadband connection using software such as Microsoft Internet Connection Sharing (ICS). In this scenario, the computer will act as a gateway for other computers to access the Internet via a Local Area Network (LAN).
The same concept can be extended to wireless network cards instead of the more restrictive fixed approach above. This configuration is often referred to as "ad-hoc networking mode" with the sharing computer operating in "infrastructure mode". Most users will find that sharing their USB connection over a wired network is adequate.
The following diagrams show sample configurations for Internet access via an Ethernet router/modem. Many routers feature a 2, 4 or 8 port inbuilt Ethernet hub or switch (a device used to connect computers together). In this scenario, computers can be connected directly to the router. Each computer is wired using a standard Ethernet cable with one end connected to a spare port on the inbuilt hub/switch and the other end connected to the computers network card.
If your Ethernet router only has 1 network port, or you want to connect more devices to the network than there are available ports, a Ethernet switch can be used in combination with a cross-over cable to extend the size of your network.
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