....broadband via USB modem works perfectly fine....never has any problems mentioned...I use USB hub and have 8 items chained to it...
You can use two computers on a single broadband connection...one computer uses second computer's connection to broad=band...I use three computers like this...simultaneously without any marked drop in broadband performance..
Despite my best efforts I couldn't get BTs ADSL to work with an Alcatel USB using internet connection sharing. Several trips to discussion forums suggested this is a common problem.
I have got it going using Win2K Server and ISA no problem at all.
What I found was that sometimes it took a full 15 minutes after turning on the PC for the ADSL connection to come live, sometimes both lights just disappeared and the modem only worked after a PC reboot and the affor mentioned wait. When trading this is simply not acceptable.
I have to say my main PC does have a VIA Chipset so maybe that was the problem all along. Under failure conditions other USB devices worked, and in the same port. All diagnostics suggested it should have been working.
Eventually I bought an ActionTec Wireless Router/Firewall. Immediatly ping responses to various sites were 50% quicker, and I have never lost connectivity nor have I had to reboot the device. As an added advantage I can now use PCs and Laptops anywhere in the House and Garden. Well worth the £150