Broadband advice sought (Newbie)

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by Syke, May 28, 2005.

  1. Syke

    Syke Guest

    At present I am on Dial-up and want to get on to BB. I know I can receive it
    all right, but when my local exchange was enabled last year, I tried to get
    established and had so much trouble with the supplied USB modem installation
    (system freezes and so on) that I took fright and cancelled the whole thing.
    I have two machines, one upstairs (about 10-15 metres in a straight line)
    which I would want to share the BB connection.

    What I would like is some kind of router which I could use for dial-up until
    I'm ready to go on BB and then could connect the two machines wirelessly and
    share a printer and so on.

    Any suggestions?

    Regards and thanks in advance

    P J Macguire
    Syke, May 28, 2005
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  2. souns like making work for works sake. Just get on and get a combined
    ADSL modem/router wireless thing and do it properly. £50 from Tesco

    integrating a dialup connection into it is going to take effort and is
    non-trivial. Forget it.

    Phil Thompson, May 28, 2005
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  3. Syke

    Peter M Guest

    Aaargh! Why bother to wait ? Why even think about sticking with dial-up for
    another month let alone 6 :) As you're after wireless, there are lots of
    reviews on the site. For sharing, you would do well to ask
    here or in uk.comp.home-networking if you haven't done this before (watch
    out for some new printer which has drivers only for Win XP, but the second
    PC is running Win 98SE or something, as sharing will be awkward/impossible)

    Finally, whatever else you do, get a cable and use an ethernet card for the
    PC near the router... setting it up over wireless (and possibly locking it
    out if you make some security change) will mean you'll need the cable, and
    with only one PC using wireless they will not 'compete' with one another to
    access the router. Anyway, you'll have lots more to enjoy once you have a
    bit more (a LOT more) speed (based on 40+ months with ADSL). Peter M.

    [ Almost forgot - there was mention of a combined ADSL modem/router and 56k
    dial-up modem from Aldi recently. Have only seen people having probs, so
    that's best avoided... or worth researching to double check first. ]
    Peter M, May 28, 2005
  4. Syke

    Syke Guest

    Thanks for that but how would I manage with access to dial-up, for backup
    service if BB is down?


    P J Macguire
    Syke, May 28, 2005
  5. Syke

    km Guest

    It sounds as though your overcomplicating things in your mind.

    Obviously you are on the internet now - hence your message. It is
    acceptable to leave the current modem in your PC as well as the
    proposed Broadband Hardware.

    When using Broadband the connecting cable goes into the ADSL slot on
    the filter - to go back to 56k modem usage you simply swithch from the
    ADSL cable and insert the normal phone line cable as at present.

    km, May 28, 2005
  6. Syke

    Ian Guest

    Why do you think it will be "down" at all. BB connections can even keep
    working when you have a line fault.
    You seem to be looking back at your past failings and finding a more
    complicated and costly alternative so if you still have problems setting up
    your network you can have something to blame.

    Just get a ADSL Modem/Router wth 54G wireless, FOLLOW the setup guide its
    supplied and enable security on the Wireless. then setup the PCs making
    sure you use DHCP and you should have no problems.

    BB is only as complicated as you want to make it.

    Ian, May 28, 2005
  7. Syke

    Dr Teeth Guest

    By a modem?

    They are dirt cheap ATM.



    ** Stress - the condition brought about by having to
    ** resist the temptation to beat the living daylights
    ** out of someone who richly deserves it.
    Dr Teeth, May 28, 2005
  8. Syke

    Dr Teeth Guest

    Oopsie: 'Buy a modem'.



    ** Stress - the condition brought about by having to
    ** resist the temptation to beat the living daylights
    ** out of someone who richly deserves it.
    Dr Teeth, May 28, 2005
  9. Syke

    Peter M Guest

    Uh, no need to buy one as he's already using one. I cannot remember just
    where the 56k modems are (I went to a router for ISDN in 2001, and to BB
    in 2002 and haven't needed to dial up any of the ADSL service providers
    in the past 40+ months. When visiting the neighbour of a friend to be
    able to help her get online with dial-up it was shocking how slow and
    painful it was both to get connected and do anything online... PGM.
    Peter M, May 28, 2005
  10. Syke

    Danny Guest

    In all probability, your previous bad experience, with system hangs
    etc, was due to bad drivers or a system that couldn't support the
    supplied ADSL modem (which if was the Alcatel "frog" wouldn't be
    surprising, since many systems didn't have the required chipset/power
    availability to run the modem).

    ADSL is stable as far as my experience goes - over two years with 2
    outages, both of less than a few hours, with BT broadband.

    Just re-order and buy an ADSL modem/router. You always have the
    option of plugging in the old modem if you lose ADSL (which is unlikely).

    Danny (a purely hobby site) (UK advert for my mobile espresso service) (UK/European online ordering for Malabar
    Gold blend)
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    Danny, May 28, 2005
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