Re: Is it practicable to share an internet connection w/o setting up a network?
- From: "Siggie3" <hardcastle@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 6 Sep 2006 07:40:02 -0700
one of my housemates is pretty savvy, which goes without saying that he
is more savy than me. We work for competitors and I know he would like
to see some of my work at home files as much as I would like to see
his. If either of us are going to end our friendship during a few
weeks of intense pressure, we should do it the old fashion way - either
an irrate girlfriend and a cheap bottle of wine or kick the bedroom
door in and pull the hard drive.
If I set each PC up into its own domain, am I doing this in the router
itself or in software "post" router? If I am doing it downstream from
the router, it's like locking the foxes in the hen house and trying to
make the hens' stalls secure. It would probably work, but isn't it
better to keep them out of the hen house in the first place and make
the henhouse and stalls secure?
I understand enough about the cable connection to know that you can't
just split it into 3 seperate connections, but I am looking for a way
to make it as close as possible. I know there will be issues about
security of the internet packets between our computers that wouldn't
apply if we really had 3 connections, but we are all such perverts that
we probably are all looking at pretty much the same stuff any how.
Besides the possiblility of intercepting an occasional boring email to
a family member I don't think there would be any draw to any of us
It's really just the extra potential being part of the same "closed"
system has that I'm trying to control. Is there any kind of router
that can function without being connected to any of the PC's (even it
initial set up requires a direct PC connection) and can be set up to
"serve" only the internet among the authorized computers?
I know that my cable company is doing it and I assume (which may be a
bad idea) that the library and internet coffee shop are doing it. Of
course they have hardware that is way out of my price range and ability
to even learn how to setup. If I can't get it close with a router,
could it be done through some sort of a wireless/wired access point.
BTW, 2 of the computers run Windows XP home and one runs 2000
professional if that matters, which I'm hoping it doesn't since I'm
trying to stay away from any software dependent solution.
Setup each PC in it's own Domain, and don't share any of your files. If you
aren't sharing them then no one can view them. If you really worried setup a
firewall to block incoming connections. How tech savy are your roommates?
"Siggie3" <hardcastle@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
I'm trying to share the internet connection from my cable modem with my
housemates. We already share the cable bill for TV, but until now I
was the only one who wanted the broadband cable internet so I've been
carring that part on my own.
Now that we would like to make the single connection available to each
of our computers, I'm in the funny position of trying to come up with a
way of doing that without linking our computers together. For pretty
good reason I'm more worried about my housemates accessing my files
than a random hacker on the internet, so I don't want to set up
something that makes my system any more vulnerable to them than it
would be if we lived in 3 seperate homes and had three seperate
interent connections. I'm also pretty worried about getting a virus or
two from them, since they are not careful what they download and were
always having problems with viruses before we got the house.
It really doesn;t matter if it is wired or not (but my landlord would
probably be happier if I don't drill any holes), so if it is cheaper
wired or is only available as a wired product that would work.
If it can be done wirelessly, is there some sort of system that can be
setup where each of three computers can have acces to the internet over
a single cable connection where it would be comparable to 3 guys who
didn't know each other sitting in a wifi hotspot?
If wired, could a single cable connection be setup so it is comparable
(without concer over loss of speed) to 3 next-door neighbors each
getting cable internet?
This may be a totally stupid question that anyone sould be able to
figure out. But from what I've been able to find out about routers,
it's not clear if I can use one just for internet sharing without some
sort of more involved networking. If possible, I'd rather not just set
up a network that doesn't allow file sharing but does share the
internet connection, as that would provide one more possible route into
my computer than us all simply being on the internet at the same time.
Because of the layout of the house, it is very likely that I would have
to have any router type hardware in a physically accessible spot.
Thank you for any one who can help me figure out how to do this.
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