Len check out the link for examples of cable types. If you had 2 computers connected together before more than likely you have a crossover cable. If not and you have a straight through cable hook computers and router to 1,2,3,4 etc.
What brand an model of router do you have?
Do you have cable or DSL ?
You may have to set some settings in the router software in order to connect to service etc.
Originally posted by johnl45
How many compters do you want to hook up? You don't need a router use a switch or a hub much cheaper.
I played with my network today.
What I found was I could only get on the internet with one computer at a time, if I bypassed my router with a hub or switch.
Besides serving as a firewall, the router assigns local IP addresses to each machine. If I want to use a hub or switch, I have to pay extra for multiple addresses. That may be different in your area.
I knew there was something that forced me to use a router.
Just my experience.
Results may vary. HA!
I wonder if Len gave up?