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Topic # 63097 21-Jun-2010 10:52
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Is there any problem in having a second cable modem on the same connection?

I have Telstra Clear cables from the box at the street to:

the front of the house and into the front room;

the room at the back of the garage in the middle of the section, and;

our office at the back of the section.

The distance between the front room where I want to use a laptop, and the office where the present cable modem and wireless router are installed is about 35 metres.

The wireless signal from the router (NetComm 802.11n) will not extend to the house, probably because the office has metal cladding and I suspect is acting like a Faraday Cage.

The simplest proposition is to install a second cable modem in the front room of the house and to connect the laptop to this directly. The quoted cost is $60 which seems a cheap alternative to wireless repeaters.

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  Reply # 343702 21-Jun-2010 11:15
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I am not sure, but I would assume a 2nd modem would mean a second account/connection? And therefore another monthly fee. Or are you wanting to remove the existing modem?

Is it possible for you to run your own network cable to the front of the house? Have you tried running a network cable to the middle of the house, and having your wireless router there instead?



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  Reply # 343725 21-Jun-2010 12:07
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Why would it mean a second monthly account?
If I moved the modem from the office to the house I would lose the connection to the two PC computers that do not have wireless, and putting the modem and wireless router in the house would mean no reception in the office. Hence the thought of using the house connection for a second modem accessing the same account.

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  Reply # 343738 21-Jun-2010 12:32
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kaybill: Why would it mean a second monthly account?
If I moved the modem from the office to the house I would lose the connection to the two PC computers that do not have wireless, and putting the modem and wireless router in the house would mean no reception in the office. Hence the thought of using the house connection for a second modem accessing the same account.


You can only have a single modem per account. A 2nd modem will be a new connection - in the same way you can only use a single ADSL modem per line.

Your best solution is to look at running some cable, more powerful wireless gear or a ethernet over power solution.

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  Reply # 344912 24-Jun-2010 14:42
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kaybill: Why would it mean a second monthly account?
If I moved the modem from the office to the house I would lose the connection to the two PC computers that do not have wireless, and putting the modem and wireless router in the house would mean no reception in the office. Hence the thought of using the house connection for a second modem accessing the same account.


You would buy some underground Cat.5 or Cat.6 cable and run that back to the office from the middle of the section. If you have enough cable, you could also run it to the house and maybe setup a distribution board there so you can put jackpoints anywhere around the house as needed. If you dont have wooden floors then might need to put duct through the concrete to a wall cabinet.




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