Just get the router and don't tell anyone it's a network.
Heck, I don't even tell some that the Internet is a network.
Ok, I lied a little. At my home, there are 2 DSL lines. They do that in newer tracts for the future. You can activate both here and connect a DSL modem to each. It runs 2X the price of one line. And believe it or not is a network connection to the Internet.
Sharing a broadband connection?
Suppose my Win XP pc is connected to ADSL broadband. My wife buys a laptop and wishes to share the connection, but is not intrested in a home network. I am aware that each machine could be configured to this ISP, and could take turns at using the broadband service by simply disconnecting one from the modem, and connecting the other in its place. Is it possible to obtain an additional IP address from the ISP, so that the laptop, using a separate modem, could be used simultaneously, from a splitter in the ADSL copper line?
I know how to use a router or Win ICS and a ''gateway'', but this a theoretical question with the object of avoiding additional hardware purchase.