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Multiple internet connections with 56k modem

by BigBangTheory / April 2, 2006 1:56 AM PST

Is it possible to connect two or more computers via only one phone connection with a 56K modem and a router or a switcher?

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Re: multiple computers on dial-up
by Kees Bakker / April 2, 2006 4:32 AM PDT

Two possiblities:

1. Internet Connection Sharing. Part of MS Windows sincd Windows 98 SE. One computer connected to the telco line, other computer connected to the first. First computer serves as software router, so to speak.

2. Some broadband routers have possibility of dial-up in case broadband (cable, ADSL) doesn't work. Buy one of those. Here's an example:

Hope this helps.


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But would you want to?
by John.Wilkinson / April 2, 2006 8:24 AM PDT

Dial-up speed is 56K, but current government restrictions, at least here in the US, limit it to 53K. Then, if you factor in quality of the modem, lines, etc, you're looking at an average speed in the low 40s. (That's considered good.) If you use the same dial-up connection for multiple computers, you're going to have an incredibly slow connection. With that in mind, are you sure you want to do that? Personally, I'd go for DSL or cable internet, and if neither ae available, go for either satellite or multiple phone lines, one for each computer.

Just something to consider.

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Go for a cheap DSL line.
by Scott Simontis / April 2, 2006 10:42 AM PDT

You should be able to get a 128 kbps DSL connection for around $20. Don't bother with the dial up. While it may be possible, you will be severely limited by the technology itself, and the speed. Also, unlike a normal network, you will be unable to transfer files between the two computers.

For the price of dialup, you can afford DSL. Put a cheap wired router on top of that, and that's about as cheap as it gets.

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