Cable Internet and a hub

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Darendor

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Hello...I have a question regarding a setup here...

I've moved into a house that has Cable Internet, and my computer is one of 3 that are on the hub. It seems that every so often I get bumped off the connection, as does the other renter here (we rent rooms in this house). The connection takes anywhere from 2-12 hours to right itself. Running an "ipconfig" at the command prompt tells me I have an IP address but I can't connection to anything outside of the cable modem.

Anyone got any ideas as to what is causing this? Thanks.
 

~Candy~

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Hi and welcome. Does the provider accept more than one computer being able to have access to the internet at the same time?
 

Darendor

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Well, when you call them for tech support, they tell you that they don't provide support for hubs or routers or anything.

I'm guessing that it's an inherent thing that hubs and routers kinda mess up connections when they split them among computers. Is that what's going on here?
 

~Candy~

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Well, if you had a router, they couldn't 'see' what you have running behind it :)

But that is correct, they won't try to assist you in doing this ;)
 

Darendor

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So can you help me figure out why the connection keeps going out on me?...
 

JohnWill

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My guess is you are only allowed one IP address, and you occasionally manage to get two machines connected. Get a broadband router, I'll bet this problem is history.
 

Darendor

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So it works most of the time as is, but from time to time it'll conk out on us?...

I see. How much are broadband routers?
 

JohnWill

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If you're in the US, you can find rebate deals on broadband routers that bring the price down to around $10-20. You get firewall protection for free in the package. :D
 
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