use modem pci slot for Ethernet connection ? Help connect 2 computers for BB Use

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by Ronald Jones, Sep 11, 2004.

  1. Ronald Jones

    Ronald Jones Guest

    I want to connect 2 computers on the same desk when I get a BB
    connection next week all being well

    The main computer is "home made rescued from the tip" machine and Now
    has aP3 850MHz CPU 384 MB Ram Two Hard drives and Intel 537 data
    fax voice v92 modem. And a 3COM Ethernet link XL 10/100 PCI TX
    NIC(3C905B-TX) Card which is not activated and was left in as I am
    unsure how I can use it ? I have its MAC and Network IP address It is
    running XPpro with Service pack 2 (installed today)

    The other computer is a 5yr old Compaq PRESARIO 2292 which is a problem
    because it is a "slim flat case" machine that has no room at all inside
    to put anything else CAN I remove its modem and put in its place an
    Ethernet card and link it to the other machine ?
    It is running Win98 version4 AMD333MHz CPU 188MB memory 4GB HD
    Supraexpress 561modem can I remove this ? as no networking bits are
    Helpful comment would be appreciated that would enable me IF POSSIBLE
    to get the old unit running so my grand daughter can use it THANKS
    Ronald Jones, Sep 11, 2004
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    Colin Guest

    Yes If the modem is in a pci slot, cheapest option is remove the modem and
    replace it with a NIC
    Colin, Sep 11, 2004
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    Tiscali Tim Guest

    In an earlier contribution to this discussion,
    Yes, if the modem's in a PCI slot, you should be able to remove it and
    install a NIC instead. However, at 5 years old, there's a *possibility* that
    the modem's in an ISA slot instead. If so, you won't easily be able to buy a
    new ISA NIC - but you might find a suitable second-hand one at a computer

    How are you planning to connect to ADSL, and share the connection? There are
    several possible ways of doing it.
    Tiscali Tim, Sep 12, 2004
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    Colin Guest

    If its not possible to fit a PCI NIC Card, you could get a (e.g.) Belkin USB
    NIC adapter with XP o/s it just plugs and goes
    but costs more than a PCI NIC
    Colin, Sep 12, 2004
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    Tiscali Tim Guest

    In an earlier contribution to this discussion,
    Except that the computer in question is a 5-year-old Compaq running W98 -
    which may or may not have USB ports. If it has, will the Belkin adapter work
    with W98?
    Tiscali Tim, Sep 12, 2004
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    Beck Guest

    My Daewoo pc is about 7 years old running win98 and has 2 usb. Quite amazing
    what they packed into this pc - 2 usb, 3 pci, 2 isa, 3 memory slots. Plus it is
    still working after all these years with no upgrades. Its a shame Daewoo
    stopped doing PC's as this one is definitely built to last.
    Beck, Sep 12, 2004
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    Lurch Guest

    Other then the OS.....
    Lurch, Sep 12, 2004
  8. Yes, at least with 98SE. Whether the mobo supports it is more of an
    issue (I guess you could put in a PCI USB card tho).
    Mark McIntyre, Sep 12, 2004
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    Tiscali Tim Guest

    In an earlier contribution to this discussion,
    Ever had a feeling that you're going round in circles?

    The OP wanted to replace an analog modem with a NIC in order to network this
    computer and allow it to share an ADSL connection. Doubt was expressed as to
    whether the slot vacated
    by the modem would be PCI or ISA. Alternative ways of ways of providing a
    NIC (including via USB) were discussed in case the slot was ISA and he
    couldn't get a suitable NIC.

    So, if he can't fit a PCI NIC, he *certainly* won't be able to fit a PCI USB
    card + USB/NIC adapter . . .
    Tiscali Tim, Sep 12, 2004
  10. more like a certainty
    many of the smaller (ie NOT PC World) shops will still have 'a few round
    the back'
    Or try MicroMart, or contact your local group (eg a Radio Amateur or
    Linux User Group - the chaps in the Bristol LUG had a recent thread
    where they had a boxful between them)
    Failing all that, I think I've got a spare or 3
    robert w hall, Sep 13, 2004
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