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Modem into PC and laptop?

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by friend101, Sep 12, 2007.

  1. friend101

    friend101 Member

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    hi

    I have optus broadband which is connect to my PC. A have a laptop, and at the moment i am using a router. Since the modem is in my room, i am wanting to connect the modem directly to my laptop as well as the PC. Is it just a case of buying a modem splitter and connecting another phone cable in to the laptop?

    thanks in advance.
     
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    no such thing as modem splitter. use a router or a hub between the modem & computers, preferably a router.
     
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    thanks ddp

    I currently am using a router but it keeps cutting out, so thats why i wanted to use the broadband modem directly for both pc and laptop. I just thought i could put like a double adapter in to the back of the modem and connect it directly to the pc and laptop.
     
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    if the modem's connected via a network cable, you can use a Switch to send the data to both computers, but if it's attached via say USB, you'll have to use a router. If you're getting issues because it's wireless, buy a high gain antenna. If the router is crashing often, buy a better router like a WRT54GL (the L at the end is important)
     
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    ok thanks very much sammorris, might look into buying a new router. ive got a 3com 3CRWDR100A-72 at the moment, dont know if its anygood or not, but it might be the problem.

    thanks again
     
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    From this review it seems pretty good:

     
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    yeh sounds good, not sure what the problem is then. It just disconnects at random times, i have to unplug the back of it and reset it. it can disconnect in 5 minutes or 10 hours. And it always disconnects when i use a bit torrent client.

    thanks mate
     
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    Right, that is a fault with the router and is due to the connection limit of it. It's worth pointing out that you should never torrent heavily using a wireless connection. Only ever run one torrent at a time, or you risk bringing that about. Buy a higher end router, something like a WRT54GL and you should be ok.
     
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    ok i might get the WRT54GL then. with the WRT54GL will i be able to use the bit torrent client and will it stop the disconnections?

    Thanks very much for all your help.
     
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    I can't guarantee it, it depends on your house, but what I will say is that we share an internet connection wirelessly to a laptop in our house, and the person connected wirelessly can use bit-torrent without getting connection drops.
     
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    ok cool, thanks again it much appreciated.
     
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    No problem, any other queries just ask.
     

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