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Device teaches PCs to share

A new device lets up to three PCs share a single Internet connection using one phone line, one modem, and one Internet Protocol address.

A new device from Protec Microsystems lets up to three PCs share a single Internet connection using one phone line, one modem, and one Internet Protocol address.

The $359 device, WebShare, is being marketed as a way for businesses, schools, and home offices to keep down the costs of Internet access while avoiding a line of people waiting to surf the Net.

The WebShare unit has four ports, three for serial cables to connect to the PCs and the fourth for an external model. Each user can send and receive personal email while sharing the same IP address, communication parameters, and log-in script, if one is used.