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Are there dial up modems that can be connected to a network?

Old 09-06-02, 10:21 AM
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Are there dial up modems that can be connected to a network?

First of all there is no broadband in my neighborhood, and for the past two years nobody has even stated they plan to offer either dsl or cable in my area. I'm stuck with modem for the next couple of years as far as I can tell (moving is out of the question).

I have three computers in my house, all hooked up with a wireless network. Is there a dial up modem that I can connect to the network. I'm using a wireless access point that has a connection for cable/dsl modems via a wired router (much cheaper then a wireless router). I have looked/asked around at local stores but nobody seems to know for sure.

In my current setup each computer dials when it needs a connection, but there are times when two people want to use the internet at the same time. It's usually light stuff, someone in a forum and the other just wanting to check e-mail or another forum. 56k would be enough (really have no choice).

Does such a modem exist, and if so for a reasonable price (i.e. not $300).
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Old 09-06-02, 10:43 AM
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The SMC barricade cable/dsl routers have a port where you can plug in an external 56k modem, and have it dial and log in for you. That might work.

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Old 09-06-02, 12:56 PM
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I have the SMC Barricade router, and though I've never tried it, it claims to work with external modems. No idea how you set it up, but it should do the trick.
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Old 09-06-02, 03:09 PM
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You can install a modem into one of the PC's and run Internet Connection Sharing. Just be sure to turn off the DHCP on the wireless access point then.
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Old 09-06-02, 04:44 PM
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There's a couple router/firewall boxes out there that support using modems, although I can't remember the brand names off-hand. It's definitely possible, though. Someone else mentioned Internet Connection Sharing - that's a possibility too, although then you need that machine to always be on.
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Old 09-06-02, 07:37 PM
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Tried Internet Connection sharing, but it didn't work to good as somebody was always turning of the main computer.

Now that I now a router with a serial port will work with an external modem, I have a better idea of what to search for.

Thanks for the help!
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Old 09-06-02, 10:10 PM
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If you have the money go find a cisco router with a dial on demand interface. Just be ready to learn a command line interface and make sure it will work with your set up.
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Old 09-07-02, 03:26 PM
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Went to Circuit City and found a router with serial port for $90 with a $30 mail in rebate. At checkout no rebate came out, so I told the cashier about the rebate. Turns out the tag was mislabeled, so I got it for $60.

Trying to get everything setup right now. I have an older Creative external modem, but can't connect with default xp driver. Trying to download an xp driver off of the creative website, I'm waiting in a cue to download it. Currently 238 with about 20 people finishing every minute.

Hopefully next time I log on it will be through the router.
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