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Connecting more than one computer to a home Internet connection is increasingly common and not that difficult to do. There are a variety of products that share Internet connections, both hardware devices and software programs. They're known collectively as routers.
Hardware routers connect to your Internet connection directly and share it to a network. You typically use hardware routers to share high-speed Internet (cable, DSL). The router connects to the incoming signal and translates the network addresses so your whole network looks like a single address to the Internet, enabling access for each networked computer. Pros: Easy setup, no host Mac required. Cons: Usually more expensive than software.
Software routers run on a "host" Mac that is already connected to the Internet and to a home network. The software translates the incoming Internet data, sorting it and passing it along to the proper computer on your internal network. Pros: Usually less expensive than hardware. Cons: Takes more work on initial setup, requires host Mac.
The Internet is platform-independent, so routers can typically share an Internet connection to Macs and PCs alike. This page lists some PC-specific software routers that you may encounter or use when sharing an Internet connection to a mixed-platform network.
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