By Ki Grinsing
How to Share internet connection at home is a FAQ for some people who subscribe the cable / DSL Internet services from the ISP. DSL / Cable internet connection is widely used today and the users are growing more and more the fact that DSL / Cable internet connection is much faster compared to the old Dial-up internet connection.
Dial up internet connections have become a thing of the past. In the present world where technologies are being developed at an amazing pace, each website is a storehouse of rich multimedia content. Internet access via a dial-up can be a harrowing experience. This is because such websites will take a lot of time to load at the browser side, leaving the user agitated. Thankfully, this is not the case with broadband. This allows us share internet connection with some computers at the household.
How to share internet connection
Sharing broadband internet connection at home is simple, even for people with lack of networking experience. The first requirement to share internet connection is DSL / Cable Internet subscription from your ISP (Internet service provider). There are many options you can deploy for your home network depends on the router / gateway appliances you can purchase at the marketplace.
If you only have a DSL / Cable modem with one USB port and one Ethernet port only, to share internet connection with several computers you can purchase a Switch LAN with 8 or 12 RJ-45 ports.
- Simple network, one modem and one Switch LAN
- Less knowledge about network configuration experience
- This configuration is not practical since you have to configure the TCP/IP protocol property each of the computers with static IP address unless you deploy a DHCP services on your network. A pure modem does not have a DHCP service feature.
- Your network is vulnerable to the internet threats, no protection at the gateway such as firewall.
A router integrated with modem
Technology provides you many options and advanced features you can buy to deploy internet connectivity to share internet connection with multiple computers at home or at the office. Mostly all the networking manufacturers introducing Router-modem – an integrated router with ADSL or Cable modem, for example D-Link introduces WBR2310 RangeBooster G DSL – Cable Router which consists of modem, router/firewall, Switch, and wireless access point function. Or you can consider DGND3300 Wireless DSL modem/Router. DGND3300 is a dual-band RangeMax Wireless-N modem / router which deliver better connections with less interference.
- A single compact device to purchase with multi-functions provides you all the requirements to build a simple network at home.
- The device includes all the services the network needs such as DHCP services, secure wireless connection, and firewall protection (NAT& SPI) and so on.
- A single point failure
- Less advanced features compared to Wireless routers separated from the modem
A modem with separate wireless router
This is a third option to share internet connection at home, a combination of DSL/Cable modem and the wireless router. The manufacturers introduce wide variety of wireless router products you can select at the marketplace today. If you have already had a DSL or a Cable modem at home, you can purchase a wireless router with 802.11g standard or the future wireless technology draft 802.11n standard.
If you are building a network from scratch to share internet connection, it is strongly recommended to consider the benefits of draft 802.11n. It allows existing 802.11 wireless G and B users to continue to use the network, while providing a significant speed boost for 802.11n users.
- More secure network with advanced security features and services such as dual-firewall features, DHCP server, VPN-tunneling pass-through, secure wireless connection with the strongest encryption.
- Separate device between modem and wireless router, preventing a single point of failure
- Purchasing separate modem and router is costly more money
- Need a better networking knowledge