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Old 01-19-01, 11:54 PM
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I want to get DSL with free installation, and modem, but they won't help me, or tell me what to do with two computers that need dsl.

What equipment do I need, or software. One computer has a dsl card, and the other computer only has a usb port, and no dsl card.


Can I use dsl on one computer, with my brother on the other computer using a dailup connection, through the same dsl line. Calls would be blocked though, correct?




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Old 01-20-01, 12:57 AM
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DSL itself does not block incoming calls. Rather, the DSL signal works in tandem with the POTS line you already have. You can talk on the phone and surf at the same time.

You could have DSL on one PC and a modem with a dialup account somewhere on the second PC. Of course, when the second PC dials up to the net, incoming calls will get a busy signal. (Don't forget to disable call waiting if you have it.)

To get two computers on the same DSL connection, you would either have to use the Microsoft Internet Connection Sharing, or get DSL that provides you with several IP addresses. Then you could assign each of your PCs its own IP.

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Old 01-20-01, 02:00 AM
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To get two computers on the same DSL connection, you would either have to use the Microsoft Internet Connection Sharing, or get DSL that provides you with several IP addresses. Then you could assign each of your PCs its own IP.





Anyone have any websites to descibe how to make Mircosoft Internet sharing work for two computers for dsl. Does sharing reduce speed?


Thanks in advance!



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Old 01-20-01, 02:18 AM
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Easiest way: buy a DSL router w/ built-in switch and a NIC for the second PC. Connect the DSL modem and PC's to the router. Netgear and SMC make a few good ones.

BTW, what do you mean by "DSL card"? Is that a NIC or an internal DSL modem?

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Old 01-20-01, 02:19 AM
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You're getting right to the limit of what can be described here. There are books that talk about this and I know PC Magazine had an article about it around a year ago. If you're going to use this technology I recommend that you become very familiar with it. It's not trivial, but it will become easy and useful after you work with it for a while.

There are also hardware devices that can give you this ability and I would recommend them over the Microsoft method. You can do some research into devices such as the Linksys Instant Broadband EtherFast Cable/DSL Router. Here's a URL you can use to read up on it, but you can probably get a better deal somewhere else.

http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/default.asp?EDC=196823
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