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Basically I get my Internet connectivity via LAN. What I need is that the LAN cable for this should go into the router, and then distribute the connectivity between my PC and laptop. I also want the ability to share files between my PC and laptop, but the catch is that while this small home network should be trusted, the outside network (i.e. other subscribers to my ISP) should not be allowed free access to my computer (doh, don't wanna get hacked!).

To make it easier to understand, I've made an illustration of what I want:



So is this possible? Sorry if this a dumb question, but I'm pretty new to all this networking stuff.
 

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So basically the ISP will assign one IP address to the router, and then the router will assign 2 further internal IPs to the 2 nodes?

But how do I set up a software firewall then (I've heard these hardware firewalls are over-rated, is that true?). Will the nodes simply detect 2 separate networks? If so then that will make it pretty easy since I can just tick off one as public, and the other as a private.

Yes. You could even connect the 2 PCs via wireless adhoc.
Isn't ad-hoc only for a home network? In that I won't be able to have internet connectivity?

BTW, are these 2 routers okay?

ZyXEL 802.11g Wireless Firewall Router / P-320W

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(the first is more expensive then the 2nd)
 

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Really? o_0 Linksys product! I'm not really planning to connect from far away though. My PC will be like a few inches from the router.....at most the laptop will be in the next room.

I'll still look up some reviews on it tomorrow though. Maybe the ZyXEL or Planet one might turn out to be a better candidate in the end.
 

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No. I asked the ISP owner and he said its fine to share bandwidth between multiple computers using a router. Plus a few of my friends are using this ISP as well and they have routers which work fine.
 

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You misunderstand me. Non-routable IPs are internal IP addresses which don't route through the internet. (ie. 192.168.1.100 or 10.10.5.100).

I don't know what the source of your internet is, only that it's public. That's why I'm asking what type of IP you get assigned.
Always 172.16.xx.x

I used to have the previous generation one. (the one with the antennas sticking out of the back) Reception on the older model was good and if it wasn't good enough, you could always just replace the antennas. I was wary of the new, antenna-less models, so I got the WRT300N. It's ugly as hell, but it has good range.
Ugly? I think it looks better then other routers :lol:
 

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WTH! The Linksys WRT-54G costs $26 in the US?!?! Its like $56 here! What a rip-off!

I'll be ordering this from my uncle in the USA, doesn't matter if I have to wait a month when they arrive and I get it, it'll be less then half the price.
 

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Nah I'll use the automatic settings. Good thing the router is listed at portforward.com so I won't receive interference from it with torrents.
 

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Kay sorry for bumping, but its just that since I got this new laptop I want a router really quickly because the laptop's pretty useless without internet connectivity and can't wait for a few months to get it from the US :D

I came across this Linksys WRT54GR one which costs $55 here. It has 2 external antennas so range mustn't be a problem:

SG :: Linksys WRT54GR Wireless Router (can't give links to the Cisco website cuz their specs page about this isn't working).

So what do you guys think? I'm trying to avoid lesser-known brands like ZyXEL and Planet cuz I don't want to be in a position where the router just breaks down after like 2 days and I can't do anything about it cuz there's no warranty on it.
 

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Thanks masta :) Just brought it today and it is a fine product indeed. I'm getting 100% signal from 2 rooms away with the 2 massive antennas sticking out of it :D
 

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atm I've only put an access password and an admin password in place and forwarded the port uTorrent is using :D Can't get a word of the other stuff in the settings page (the browser --> IP address one). Its fine though, I have relative who's done his masters in networking and he'll be coming over tomorrow to beef up the security even more and set-up the file-sharing between the PC and the laptop (whether its ad-hoc or infra-structure mode)
 
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