The technology concerning the Wire aspect of a Cable/DSL Router did not
change in the last few years. So in principle you can buy the least
expensive device that you can find.
You should know that there is No real difference in price between a Wire
only and a Wireless Cable/DFSL Router. Almost all the Wireless Routers have
also 4 ports for Wire connection. Thus consider getting a Wireless Router,
there is much larger selection of Wireless Routers and since it is the same
price you can use the wire part and leave the Wireless alone if you wish so.
Please look at the way your Cable service does the authentication (read
this), and check if it applies to your service.
How to Fix Cable/DSL Internet authentication (password) -
Jack (MS, MVP-Networking)
"James Bauer" <email@example.com> wrote in message
>I have two desktops, one XP and one Vista. They are currently networked
>through a switch via a wired network.
> I recently had broadband cable installed and have the Vista machine
> connected to the Internet via a cable modem.
> I would like to install a wired router to replace the switch so that both
> machines will have Internet access.
> Two questions:
> 1. where might I find instructions that would guide me in doing this?
> 2. Are there any recommendations as to a satisfactory wired router?
> Thank you.