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Modems kicking off modems

By QB ·
I have a client that has 6 computers, all with modems. they have one phone line and one internet account. They understand that they can only have one computer connected to the internet at one time. The problem is that if one person is on the internet, and another person tries to get on the internet, it kicks the first person off and since there was no dial tone to beginwith neither computer ends up on the internet. I'm hopeing there is a solution to this problem. I have tried the diable callwaitng setting, but thats not my problem, nobody is tring to call in on the line, just trying to call out. I also have tried the wait for dialtone setting with no success, it still picks up the line and disconnects who ever is on. I need a solution fast to make the customer happy because this is just holding them off untill DSL arives in 4-6 weeks.

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by jmstitt In reply to Modems kicking off modems

Are your computers networked? If they are, download a shareware proxy server (there are some that are freeware). Select one of the computers as the proxy. Install the proxy software on it. Configure it to make your dial connection to the Internet. Then, have all the other machine's Web browers set to use the proxy server for Internet access. If you are using Windows 98 Second Edition or higher, you can use Internet Connection Sharing. If it isn't installed, you can install it from the OEMCD. Using a proxy is a very good way to share a single dial-up line. I am fond of Deerfield's Wingate Proxy 4.1 and Ositis Winproxy 3.0 R1R. They are both very easy to install and to configure. They both have a 30 day trial. There are many freeones as well but they do not provide all the bells and whistles. HTH.

If you decide this is what you want to do and need more help, you can contact me on ICQ at 84741948.

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by QB In reply to Modems kicking off modems

Sorry, No they are not networked. they have contracted us to install a wireless network but do not want it put in untill the DSL arrives.

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by mphoffar In reply to Modems kicking off modems

I would recommend something like sygate or winproxy and just have one computer connect in and share the connection. This is something you'll probobly want to do anyhow when the DSL comes in.

As far as the phones, You would think there's something around for an uutomatic rollover ..ie they pick up say line 2 if line 1 is busy and have line 2 as dead to generate a no dialtone from the modem. As far as the modem goes, there's no setting to do this. it just picks up the line blindly and starts to go to work.

Good luck to you

Mark

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by QB In reply to Modems kicking off modems

Please read my comments to the preious answer. There has to be a way!!!!!

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by ryan4x4 In reply to Modems kicking off modems

I know that if you have a home computer and have only one line if someone picks up the phone line and then hangs up it will kick you off. They make a little device you can attach to your phone jack to prevent it from doing this, I don't really knowif it would work in your situation but it would be a fairly cheep solution at about $10-20 dollars. Hope this helps man!

Ryan

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by QB In reply to Modems kicking off modems

I think that would do it, but what are they called and were do I find them. Please let me know.

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by ryan4x4 In reply to Modems kicking off modems

There are several different names for the item that I was tellling you about, it just depends one the brand that you buy. I think the one that I bought was called a "line interupter or line blocker" and I purchased it at Wall-Mart. Hope this helps!

Ryan

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by QB In reply to Modems kicking off modems

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by QB In reply to Modems kicking off modems

Ryan4X4

I checked this question at 10:45, the same time you posted your answer, your answer didn't show up unitl after I closed it. I am sorry. I spent 2 hours last night surfing for a device and found one like you were talking about but theywouldn,t work in this setup. Then I found a product called "The Stick" They are $140 each and shre one line to four computers, I'll need two and have to daisy chain them if the client wants to pay that much for a temporary fix.

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