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Solved: 2 dsl models 2 computers 1 dsl line

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by bob627, Sep 17, 2004.

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  1. bob627

    bob627 Thread Starter

    Feb 1, 2003
    I have two comuters, one running windows xp, the other windows 98.

    I have a separate phone line in my house to run my fax machine.
    This line also is the dsl line. I have two modems from sbcyahoo. Can I insert a triple plug adapter in the telephone box, connect 1 line to my fax machine, 1 phone line to one computer's dsl modem and the other phone line to the dsl modem on the other computer and still be able to have dsl on both computers??? I want to see if this can work before I go to the expense of a router.
    Thank You
  2. Old Rich

    Old Rich

    Jan 17, 2003
    I doubt it would work . . unless you pay for two connections to the DSL service . . that is what the router does . . makes mulitple machines appear one to the modem

  3. winbob


    Aug 2, 2004
    Did SBC provide you with the individual 'line filters' that your phones, fax, etc have to have between them and the line? You need those.
  4. bob627

    bob627 Thread Starter

    Feb 1, 2003
    I do have two of the same modems from sbc. I have downloaded the software on both machines successfully. Each computer will connect to the internet if only one of the phone lines is connected. The minute the second phone line is put into the double "socket" at the phone wall box the successfully connected computer's modem "dsl" light begins to blink red and no connection is available.
    Could it have something to do with the double splitter?
  5. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    A single phone line can only support one DSL connection. The ONLY way you can use another DSL modem is by paying for another phone line and DSL account.

    You can use a FAX machine on the DSL line with a filter, just like ALL the other non-DSL phone devices on the DSL line.

    The broadband router is clearly the way to connect multiple computers to your single DSL account, it's how everyone else does it. :D
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