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If I set up a LAN, I would only have internet coming into one computer, so my question is, would the computer that is linked to the internet protect the computer that isn't directly hooked up to the internet?
 

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If I set up a LAN, I would only have internet coming into one computer, so my question is, would the computer that is linked to the internet protect the computer that isn't directly hooked up to the internet?

In order for the data to make it to the other computers on the net the data would first have to pass through the firewall of the try LAN host, so Yes is your answer.
 

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Get a router, plug your broadband into the router, then plug each PC into the router. Now there is no central computer, the other PCs can all share a single internet connection without stealing cycles from some "main" PC. The router contains a hardware firewall, which is better than a software firewall anyway.
 
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