My work takes me to a different apartment in a different town every year or so, and my family can't travel with me, so I just have the one computer. This job I'll be sharing a large apartment with a fellow worker who has already moved in. There is a cable jack in what will be my room and he says he has internet access, (don't know but he must have a cable modem in his room?) but what's my best solution? Being I keep changing cable providers, I don't suppose there's such a thing as a cable modem that I can buy and use irregardless of who the provider is instead of the hassle of getting it hooked up then unhooked time after time, and hassling with returning the cable co's modem, and in this case probly having to pay a monthly fee for an additional modem? Another thought was some type of wireless router, but after reading the stickies in this section and trying to understand what the different types of hardware and software are all about, I guess I'm behind the tech curve - again. I just bought a laptop that's got bluetooth which I use at work, but my desktop doesn't have it. I know there are adapters etc, but I don't know if the other guy's laptop has bluetooth built in or if I'd have to get him an adapter / receiver (whatever) to make bluetooth work on his. Sounds like now there are several different protocols for wireless encryption and different standards for wireless data transfer, with a wide assortment of hardware available. We're in a small town - a small very rural town, so don't know if we'd have to worry all that much about security. I don't do anything with any sensitive data like bank accounts over the internet, but do transmit a debit card number on occasion that we have setup with a totally separate account and use just for online purchases and in which we keep only a minimal amount of funds, transferring when we use the card. There are, however, a small number of close apartments in our little complex, so I guess it would be best to take at least reasonable security precautions if we go wireless. I'm t o t a l l y open to suggestions as to hardware, software, security, encryption, etc etc (whatever may be applicable) - and of course a good place to purchase. Not looking to spend a small fortune for "state of the art" just looking for an easy to setup reasonable cost & secure system. (Edit) Well, finally found cable modems for sale - i.e. a Motorola Surfboard for pretty reasonable. Question IS - can more than 1 cable modem be hooked up in the same house? Thanks much!!