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Connecting two computers to one modem

by carol_alford / January 22, 2009 4:08 AM PST

I previously had them through a router but it's been nothing but trouble. Anyways, I have a cable modem which is able to be connected to the computer by ethernet or USB. So could I use both connections on the modem and plug the ethernet into one computer and the USB into the other computer? I hope so but am guessing not just b/c it seems so simple and nothing ever is simple!


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Re: two computers to one modem.
by Kees Bakker / January 22, 2009 4:13 AM PST

I'm afraid that won't work. Does the modem manual say anything about it? Some modems are - in fact - modem/router combinations, and then it might work.

You must have had back luck with your router. It's fully routine, nowadays. So many people have them. With a good setup it hardly can go wrong.


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Thanks for the quick reply!
by carol_alford / January 22, 2009 4:19 AM PST

It's just a modem, not a combination. The router did work well for awhile but then it didn't and nothing has changed so I don't know. I'll just go back to trying to make it work but figured I'd first try the easy solution if it would have worked. Thanks for your help!


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Re: router
by Kees Bakker / January 22, 2009 4:22 AM PST
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The answer is yes but I wouldn't suggest it.
by ahtoi / January 22, 2009 12:22 PM PST

It is called a client-server setup (and that's all I am going to say, hehe). I don't know why you were having so much problem with the router previously. Generally it's the easiest method. Give it another try..and good luck.

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by ramusson / February 1, 2009 10:59 PM PST

what is your modem? in my place, its a very common usage. 2 computers, one each on the ethernet and usb port for broadband access.

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reset the router
by ghettovision / February 5, 2009 2:04 PM PST

the easiest solution and one that is going to work for you is to get a pen go the back of your router (powered on) and hold down the reset buttton for 15 secs, then turn off your router and turn it back on. Plug the router into your computers and the cable modem back into your router on the wan port.

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