Networking Questions and Answers - Can you use phone jacks to share broadband internet?
Bill writes in with a networking question Question:I have home pc on broadband (orange), there are telephone sockets in all rooms and we have 2 laptops also. Can these laptops simply plug into these telephone sockets and receive the same broadband connection? Or do I need to be doing something else? I'm trying to avoid paying out the extra for a wireless router contract. Thank you for your help. Bill
Answer: The modem usually can connect to any phone jack in the house assuming you have DSL and not cable. But if you want to connect other computers to the internet you can’t use your other phone jacks and will have to share the connection through a router. You can buy a wireless router for around $50 and there shouldn't be any extra charge from your ISP unless they are trying to force you to use their router and pay a monthly fee for it.
Once you have the router then you can share the internet connection with your other computers assuming they have wireless adapters in them. If they don't then you can buy external USB wireless adapters or run network cable to the extra switch ports in the back of the router. Most wireless routers will come with 4 extra ports to connect other computers using a network cable.