Modem Sharing

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Capricorn, May 17, 2003.

  1. Capricorn

    Capricorn OSNN Senior Addict

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    I have three independent computers, all with 56k modems at the moment. However, following my Campaign, ADSL is coming to this area soon. What I would like to do is keep the computers independent, but allow them to share the ADSL modem. Is this possible?
     
  2. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

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    I'm not sure what you mean by indepandant, but I suggest you do this (as independant as possible).

    1. Get a router (NAT/SOHO router / broadband firewall and so on).
    2. Network the computers. Either by cable (CAT5) or wireless.
    3. Plug it all in:
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      DSL
       |
     Router
     / | \
    Computers
    4. Go surfin'. :)
     
  3. tibboh

    tibboh Arte et Marte

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    I see what you mean Zedric, but I think he means as I have at the moment - My computer + 2 from my daughters in their own bedrooms (total 3). All are modem enabled BUT are independantly plugged in as and when required to go on line.

    When Preston go live with broadband, I would like to be able to keep them seperate, and not networked - so is it possible to have a seperate modem for each comp (I have my reasons) and just plug in when required?
     
  4. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

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    Yeah I was sorta guessing that to, three DSL modems total. I'm pretty sure the answer is no. Unless you get three subscriptions which 1. is just silly and 2. probably won't work anyway. Go with the netowork, wireless if you don't want to run cables.
     
  5. Capricorn

    Capricorn OSNN Senior Addict

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    Thanks for the replies. Are Ethernet Cards the same as Network Cards.
    Also is there any chance that a USB modem could be connected to the phone socket, then to a USB hub, and then from the hub to the computers? I know that this would mean the hub being used differently to what they are usually, but I just wondered.
     
  6. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

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    Yes.

    No. A USB hub can not be used as a network hub.

    If you network you will need more than a hub! Such as a router or a computer sharing the connection (acting as router).