Ok, so the nice people from your local broadband company have come
to install your new high-speed connection of Cable or DSL. "Great", you think, "now I
can finally play Half-Life: Counter Strike with less than a 300 ping!!". Of course there
is also the nice ability to download all the Microsoft updates super fast along with
a variety of 'other' large downloads. Well, this is great and all, but you have one
slight problem, the modem only supports one computer! While not a bad thing
if you only have one computer, but for all the folks out there who have several
computers, a solution is needed. Of course your favorite provider can sell you
more IPs per machine connected for a small fee of $5 a month extra per IP. Added to
your already high bill, this is not a good thing. So what is the alternative?
Enter the gateway router. Fear not, this is not a Gateway
product (thank goodness :-), but a great little piece of hardware that allows you to 'share' your
internet connection with nearly as many computers as you see fit. So basically, its a gateway
to the internet. The routing comes from the fact that it actually takes the IP address
that your ISP provider gives you. So now, the router can access the internet. How does
this get your many computers on the internet then? Simply enough, it gives your home network
its own private set of IP address. So basically the device is a gateway to the internet and
routes your computer to the internet. Got it?
Now that you have suffered though my 'explanation' of gateway routers, hopefully
you have learned something. Perhaps this little Diagram will help with the confusion.
Its all actually quite simple to set up. Basically you plug your cables (Cat 5 cable) into the
router, the router into the modem and thats about it. In many cases you can be on the internet
in less than 2 minutes, even if you still have to do any set up, which will explained shortly.
So what is a good router? Click link below to find out to find out :)
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