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    Senior Member Brak's Avatar
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    Hey... I have a router, Linksys BEFRS41 or something (I know that's wrong, but it's a popular one and around that model) so 4 ports, uplink and wan. Right now it's serving me and all my roomie's comps for our internet, but I also have my laptop that I'd like mostly just to be able to hook up so I can share my files on my desktop to my laptop (music, if I feel like chillin on the bed and coding instead, etc). What's a cheap way to expand my slots? I know that the best way would be to get a switch... but meh, those are like $50. Suggestions?
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    It's even more expensive than a switch, but I'd recommend going wireless!! You can get a cheap WiFi Card and access point for around $100.

    However, on the cheaper side, you can get a second NIC and throw it in your desktop, and connect your laptop to it. In XP, you can bridge connections between ethernet cards. Here's some info on bridging network connections from M$'s site. I haven't done it before, but I think this is a fix for your problem.

    EDIT: Don't think this will work, upon second look. You can't bridge a network adapter providing internet connectivity, accoring to M$. Who knows, this may be a step in the right direction, I dunno.

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    Hubs are cheaper and do a similar job.

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    Get a wireless access point. I got one a year and a half ago to expand my wired router and it works great. Just set it up over the PC once via USB and then just plug it into the router. After that you can manage it over the network although not over a browser.
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    Senior Member Brak's Avatar
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    Wireless would be nice, but unneeded for my uses. It's a crappy laptop, and I really don't feel like spending any extra money than I have to right now...
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    You can often get wireless cards for free after rebate. Watch http://www.techbargains.com/ like a hawk.
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    Great site Filburt. I have used www.pricewatch.com before, but this seems like a good one too.

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    Just get a hub.
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