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Yes. If your router also dishes out ip addresses via dhcp, even easier (otherwise you will have to amend your ip addys in your boxes). That's what I have - cable modem to 4 port hub, then on to a pc and laptop. Works straight away.
OK, I'm looking at the Linksys BEFSR41 EtherFast Cable/DSL router... any good/bad on it?
I think I actually do need both. All PCs connect to the hub, the hub connects to the router and the router out to the cable modem, as I only have one IP from my ISP. The router will provide the NAT I need to "hide" my addresses underneath the router.
How many computers do you have to network. Because the BEFSR41 EtherFast Cable/DSL router has a 4 port switch, so If you have 4 or less computers, you don't need to by a switch at all. There is also an 8 port model I believe.
Also, if you point your browser at 192.168.1.1, you can enter the setup for the BEFSR41 and change the address that the DHCP server dishes out, which normally start at 192,168.1.100. If you want to have a computer (i.e. server) with a static address, you could just give it an address below this.
There are different types of cable internet service. A commercial service would provide 3 or 4 static address. The base service would provide a single dynamic (DHCP) address. So in your case, going from the cable modem into a switch wouldn't work. You either need a cable/router, or use a linux computer to share the internet connection (NAT gateway setup).
You can also set up which services to to which computer if you wish.