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Damon Crawford Aug 18, 2005, 01:54am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I am wondering If I can hook up 2 seperate DSL Modems in my house to 2 seperate computers. If I wanted to get online with computer B, but computer A was already online I would just have to end the connection and re-dial in on computer B with the other modem. Is this possible? Using the same phone line of course.



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Michael A. Aug 18, 2005, 06:59am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Possible to hook up 2 DSL Modems in house, use @ different times??
It's possible, but it's a less than desirable way to go about hooking up two computers to the Internet.

What you need is a router. With this you can use one DSL modem and have several machines all online at the same time.

Quick question: Are the computers you plan on hooking up desktops or laptops?

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Lou Bot Aug 18, 2005, 07:44am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Aug 18, 2005, 07:45am EDT

 
>> Re: Possible to hook up 2 DSL Modems in house, use @ different times??
It will not work @ the same time, I have tried it. I have SBC/Yahoo DSL. After talking to a customer service rep, he confirmed that it will not work. What you can do, hook em up AND turn one modem off and turn the other modem on and vice versa. I thought of doing it cause no one in my house likes the wireless speed and I am lazy to run CAT-6 cabling in the house.

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Damon Crawford Aug 18, 2005, 10:08pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Aug 18, 2005, 10:11pm EDT

 
>> Re: Possible to hook up 2 DSL Modems in house, use @ different times??
I am not using a router because I would have to go wireless and I hate them. It is in my girlfriends house, and she shares the connection with her parents.. They are seldom on so this would be the simplest solution, as well as the most cost effecting being that she already has a dsl modem and so do her parents with their service. How would I go about hooking them up? thanks guys!

both computers are desktops.

Adam Kolak Aug 18, 2005, 10:22pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Possible to hook up 2 DSL Modems in house, use @ different times??
Just hook one modem up to one phone jack near one pc, and then hook up another modem to a phone jack close to another pc. Then run the cat-5 from the modems into the pcs. After that you'll have to make sure only one of them is on at a time.

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Damon Crawford Aug 18, 2005, 10:26pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Possible to hook up 2 DSL Modems in house, use @ different times??
cat-5?

Adam Kolak Aug 18, 2005, 10:40pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Possible to hook up 2 DSL Modems in house, use @ different times??
Just standard CAT-5 with RJ-45 connectors like the one in this picture:
http://www.nuggetlab.com/comptia_files/equipment/net_CAT%205%2...nector.jpg

You'll have to run one of those wires from the modem to the pc's RJ-45 connector which will either be on the mobo or a pci expansion slot.

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Max Steiner Aug 20, 2005, 01:09pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Aug 20, 2005, 01:49pm EDT

 
>> Re: Possible to hook up 2 DSL Modems in house, use @ different times??
Damon, I'm not trying to change your mind, but I have to ask...
Why not wireless?

Again, I'm just curious to hear the reasoning, as I'd probably encounter a similar customer in the future.

And we're all about learning here. :)

If I, as a datacom designer & installer, was faced with your dilemma, would consider several options (wireless being the first, but not applicable, gotcha).
- Option A: DSL Modem -> Wired 10/100 router ---- Cat5 wiring ----> Computers. I would firstly try to stealth the Cat5 wiring in the walls, or in ducts, and make bonafide outlets for it that you can plug into. If I couldn't be so formal about going through walls, I'd shoot for making it as unobtrusive as possible, and just tunnelrat it through "dark" spots in the walls to connect the computers directly.
- Option B: DSL Modem -> Wired 10/100 router ---- Existing TP wiring ----> Computers. It would be an absolute stab in the dark, and would be dependent upon the age of the wiring already there, but it _might_ be done, with connection speed penalized.
- Option C: Look into alternative connection methods, such as Connection-Over-Power-Line. Things offered here:
http://www.linksys.com/servlet/Satellite?childpagename=US%2FLa...torWrapper
or here:
http://www.netgear.com/products/details/XE102.php
That Netgear device looks rather... appealing.

Really. :)

POST EDIT:
My my, did I get inspired by looking this over:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16833122063

You'd need two of these, and any rather simple wired router.
- DSL comes into DSL modem.
- DSL modem -> Router
- - Router Line A goes directly to Computer A.
- - Router Line B goes back into Netgear Device Abel at a wall power outlet in the same room as the modem and router.
- - Signal runs along power lines in house, seeking out Netgear Device Baker.
- Netgear Device Baker at wall power outlet in room as Computer B -> Computer B.

Shared Connection! Both Computers A & B would be able to be online simultaneously, and be able to share resources (files, printers, etc.). Figure that a wired router would be around $25, and you'd be looking at an overall pricetag of... $140 (2 Netgear devices, Router, and 4 short spans (3 to 6 feet) of Cat5 cable)

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Damon Crawford Aug 21, 2005, 03:04am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Possible to hook up 2 DSL Modems in house, use @ different times??
Actually cost was the most important factor.. she already had another modem so no extra cost.. her parents are never online so it seemed feasible to just switch the computer when either her or them wanted to get on... . just made the most sense i suppose, not to mention saved money =)


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