Originally posted by andy_play
i dont know really what i want to do. I have a broadband connection with AOL and i have a USB modem. Now the modem will not work under Linux. there is only two ports on my modem one for the USB and the onther for the RJ-11 phone line conector.
I am wanting to share the internet connection between the two computers WinXP/Suse9.2 but i dont want to have the XP box on to use the internet on the Linux box if that makes sense. I am trying to find a simple and cheap solution and wireless seems to be the only forward.
If you know a better idea i would gladdly take it into consideration
cheers for any advice
Hum! AOL? Bleargh!
Some of my ideas have been obtained from this site
, which takes a little investigation but they have various reviews of kit. The usb modem might work under linux, lots of them can be made too work, but possibly not with AOL - though again, theres various ways of achieving that as well (if I understand things correctly).
change the usb modem to a modem router device, wired or otherwise. AOL should work with that fine. Afterall, you only want the connection to work as far as the router modem (the other facilities of AOL software will work on the XP system - but I don't know if they will allow a linux system to work through the connection part of their service) - which, if it's a multi port device, can plug both systems. Whether the AOL service will allow you to do some of the stuff that can be done under linux or not is a different matter.
My BB connection is with eclipse. The connection terminates at a wired modem router, which in turn is into a hub (the modem router is about 4 years old and only has one port). I have my main system, my partners laptop and a network printer into the hub. I have to have samba installed/set up so that the computers can talk to each other, but otherwise they will both access/browse/whatever simaltaneously. If I replace the modem router and hub, with a wireless one (but still has a couple of wired ports) I can just get a wireless card for her laptop (windows 98SE).
It just depends on how much work you are prepared to put in to achieve this and how deep your pockets are, as to whether it can be made to work OK (with AOL that is - other ISP's shouldn't be a problem).
Others may know better than I as to the feasibility of my comments.