broadband modem

  Brian-318590 18:30 12 Dec 2003

hi i have two computers in the house both have a phone line to them with dial up modems i,m getting broad band in next week can i use two modems the same way as i do now and can i share the connection when one is connected

  LeadingMNMs 18:47 12 Dec 2003

i don't think you could share the connection like this if you wanted to access the internet with both at the same time. better to use a router with ADSL modem to connect them and this will also act as a network, so both can communicate with each other.

  recap 20:15 12 Dec 2003

LeadingMNMs is correct a router with network cables will do the trick.

  Bagsey 23:00 12 Dec 2003

This simple answer to your question is NO you cant do what you want to do. I have just been through this exercise. The reason as I understand it:- On a dial up system the ISP allocates addresses on a random basis so you can get an address for each modem. But on BB you have a fixed address which you cannot share by the conventional means. If you want to use two computers to one account then you must switch off one of the computer before you go on line with the other. But for the cost of a crossover patch cable and a couple of cheap network cards you can network your computers to do what you want. Total cost about £25 approx from Maplins. If you choose the better route you will go for a Router but this will cost you a lot more. Upwards of £90.00 for a standard Router and double to go the wireless route. I tried the Router but could not get the thing to works so took it back to Maplins and went for a cable network and saved a chunk of cash as my machines came with network cards fitted.

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