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I have an old computer not really being used. Someone had mentioned about turning it into a router. I was curious what is the best network card to use. The computer is just a three year old HP with 4 gb of ram. It has one port in the mobo but i know i will need a card with two ports.

I would imagine the best idea to run this is:

Modem > This computer > Belkin router and to a switch > to other computers.

thanks guys ! !

Any other suggestions would be great or ideas to help better my network
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What expansion slots does the HP computer offer? PCI, PCI-E etc..?

Intel makes some fine single or dual port PCI-E NIC's. Many of use have Intel Pro 1000 PT like this one. They are available off ebay for ~$30 shipped (or less).

Also, what is the Belkin router for? You can install Untangle, or other DIY-router-distro like ClearOS or smoothwall, and have this computer handle routing, DHCP, firewall, etc..

If the Belkin is for wireless, you can configure this Untangle/ClearOS/smoothwall router to be DHCP, router etc.. and configure the belkin to be a wireless access point only. So it would look like this:

Modem-> WAN side of computer| Lan side of computer -> Switch >wireless access point
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What expansion slots does the HP computer offer? PCI, PCI-E etc..?

Intel makes some fine single or dual port PCI-E NIC's. Many of use have Intel Pro 1000 PT like this one. They are available off ebay for ~$30 shipped (or less).

Also, what is the Belkin router for? You can install Untangle, or other DIY-router-distro like ClearOS or smoothwall, and have this computer handle routing, DHCP, firewall, etc..

If the Belkin is for wireless, you can configure this Untangle/ClearOS/smoothwall router to be DHCP, router etc.. and configure the belkin to be a wireless access point only. So it would look like this:

Modem-> WAN side of computer| Lan side of computer -> Switch >wireless access point
yes the belkin is just the access point for wireless, im still trying to learn more about it all, i have not done this and am trying to get into networking and to be able to build my network
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Depends if you want PCI or PCI-Express

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833106121
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-033-_-Product

4GB of ram is way more than enough for a firewall/router. I'm running pfsense on a P3 866mhz w/ 128mb of ram.

If the Belkin router supports DD-WRT, tomato etc. you should be able to easily set up as a WAP.
http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php...s_Access_Point

It'd be tricky other wise though. If you want wireless support, you could also buy a pci-e card or an actual wireless access point.
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Thanks guys. Any other things I need to know about or look into for this old computer to work as a router?
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If the Belkin router supports DD-WRT, tomato etc. you should be able to easily set up as a WAP.
You don't really need any special firmware to use a wireless router as an AP only..
Simply disable DHCP on the device and assign a static IP inside of your subnet but outside of the DHCP range you want. Then, simply plug the router into your switch using the LAN ports..

If you don't have a switch already you can use your wireless router as one. One of the LAN ports from the AP to the new router box, and the other 3 LAN ports will be switched.
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i know off subject, but there is no such thing a s a nic card, i think the term your looking for is NIC (network interface CARD) sorry had to throw that out there. resume helping the man.
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i know off subject, but there is no such thing a s a nic card, i think the term your looking for is NIC (network interface CARD) sorry had to throw that out there. resume helping the man.
Yet we already know what he's talking about when he states NIC.
While it may be more proper to not indicate "Network Interface Card card", it's a bit nitpicky to complain about this .
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i know off subject, but there is no such thing a s a nic card, i think the term your looking for is NIC (network interface CARD) sorry had to throw that out there. resume helping the man.
thank you for this, and this is why i stated i am learning

got to start some where
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oh no problems, here, was earlier and just needed to poke some fun.
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