Computer Woe Update...Some Definite Progress
First, the reason there was no Wright's Writing Corner this week was that the computer was in the shop. Now that we have two computers, hopefully, that won't happen again.
Okay, an update: I have discovered that if I reset my modem, I can get online with whichever computer I try to get online with first...but not the second computer.
This is a big step forward. No software or hardware problems for the computer in other words.
What my friend gave me as a "router" is a Netgear Ethernet Hub. Is this meant to act like a router? Does anyone know? Do I need another piece of gear?
The nice lady at Cox gave me the number for Netgear. I guess that is the next step.
|Date:||December 10th, 2010 03:28 pm (UTC)|| |
In the time it took me read the previous, walk upstairs, and sit down to tell you that your problem was because you only get one IP address, the old computer had snagged it, and you need a router to share that with multiple computers, you had already figured it out!
There should be a group of ethernet ports on the hub, and one off to the side by itself. The solo one is for the cable modem to be plugged into, and the grouped set of ports is for you to plug your computers into. You'll need three ethernet cables.
Also, I think it's a good idea to put a good antivirus and firewall on the work computer, in case something gets on the kids computer that can propagate through the network. AVG Free used to be the best antivirus (and free as in beer) I'd used, but I haven't used a windows machine in years and years, so things may have changed. And Zone Alarm had a free firewall program, but I think there's one in Windows now that you just need to turn on.
|Date:||December 10th, 2010 03:33 pm (UTC)|| |
Yeah...thanks, though! In my defense, the person who gave it to me called it a router. I think his roommate had the router and he never realized there was another piece of equipment involved.
On the good side, I'm all ready when we get our second computer and our new WII (First game system ever in the Wright Household coming for Christmas)...I now have two Netgear splitter boxes...one with 8 slots and one with 16 slots. ;-) Theoretically, that means that once I get a router, I can run 24 computers, LOL.
I have Norton upstairs (work computer). I haven't decided what to do with the downstairs computer yet. Someone told me that the Norton license may cover more than one computer. I'll check that before I buy something new...but thanks for the suggestions. I wonder if the ones you mention might be better than what I have. Those Chinese sites keep beatting the tar out of our little computer.