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andy909

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We have two computers, one downstairs and the other upstairs. There is a phone line by each computer. We are thinking about getting broadband but dont want the hassle of wireless networking.

Would I be able to have one broadband modem plugged in upstairs and one plugged in downstairs in the same telephone line?

Please guide me, thanks. :D
 
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You can if you have 2 broadband modems. If you have only one modem, connect to a router then the wires will have to run from the router to your computers.
 
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No matter what you do it will have to be either of these three options:


1.) Wireless

2.) Another phone line or cable......

3.) Really long wires.


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I really dont think that you could do that, both modems would be fighting for the same signal and the only way it would work is if you disconnected one so that the other one could connect. Thereby defeating the purpose of an always on connection. But in that respect yes it would work, but not simultaneaously.
 

andy909

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So it looks like the only way is to use wireless router technology as the computers are too far away to run cables, how far can a wireless connector go away from the router?

The only cable i have is the telelphone line (same number) in both rooms. Thanks 4 all ur help so far.
 

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The range of a wireless router is very dependent on the specific hardware at both ends, the type of construction of the building, the interference sources, etc. In short, there's no easy to predict the range without knowing a lot more about the environment. You can also install hi-gain antennas on most routers to increase the range somewhat...
 
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With one computer hooked to the internet, your could use your existing telephone line to connect the two. I have 5 computers connected this way sharing Broadband Internet. Each computer would need an HPNA (phoneline) adapter, usb,PCI etc. that then connects to the phone jack utilizing existing wiring. HPNA protocol uses a different band than analog voice thus can run on the telephone wiring without effecting your normal telephone service. The protocol for this has been standardized and a couple different vendors sell the adapters. The latest version of this has a 10Mbps data capacity. I'm not an expert, but this has been working for me for a couple years. May be a solution.

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I have a very basic wireless router and it has a range of 500 feet, and unless the computers are very very far away i think that would do it. My router is a netgear MR814v2.
 

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I think 500 feet is only in your dreams, unless you have a totally unobstructed line of sight between the router and the wireless client...
 
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This is what my router tells me about the range.

Outdoor environment Indoor environment
@ 11 Mbps 398 ft (120 m) 198 ft (60 m)
@ 5.5 Mbps 561 ft (170 m) 264 ft (80 m)
@ 2 Mbps 890 ft (270 m) 430 ft (130 m)
@ 1 Mbps 1485 ft (450 m) 660 ft (200 m)

So it can go 500 ft but the rate would be very smal :)
 
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