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2 computers and 1 modem

we are moving into a new home and will have a dedicated phone line installed for internet access. Is there a device which allows 2 users with different accounts to be on-line at the same time. Though I saw some devise that plugs into the wall outlet and allows this. Thanks in advance for any assistance!
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shiversCommented:
if by different accounts you mean different dial-up accounts then no - that would be like trying to make two seperate telephone calls at the same time.

The two machines can share a single connection though - if you have Windows 98 Second Edition then everything you need is already there, otherwise search the web for a program called iShare which allows internet connection sharing.

If you're more technically minded, you could install a proxy server on one of the machines (such as WinGate) which will allow any number of PCs to access the internet through a single dialup connection.
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bcwhiteCommented:
Just to flush that out a bit...  Since your ISP supplies you with only one IP address at connect time, your goal is to make multiple computers appear to be using the same IP address.  You do with with proxies (programs that accept a request, make that request on behalf of the originator, and then forward traffic back and forth) and network-address-translation (altering IP packets directly so that, to the outside world, everything is coming from the gateway).  Proxies are high-level.  NAT is low-level.  Both have advantages and disadvantages.

Linux has "masquarading" (NAT) built in to the kernel but also some proxy programs.  I use a Linux box as a firewall for the rest of my network.  I don't know about Win98.

WinGate is a proxy.  !!WARNING!!  WinGate installs with all security functions disabled.  Thus, anybody on the Internet can use you proxy to loop back to the Internet at large (thus being untraceable) and even come inside your internal network.  If you don't change this during installation, you _WILL_ be attacks!  Trust me.  I see it happen every day.

-- Brian
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bcwhiteCommented:
Oops, forgot to add...  Most ISPs don't care where IP traffic is coming from.  Thus, even if you have multiple ISPs, you can usually access mail accounts from all of the regardless of which you're currently connected to.

-- Brian
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