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Linking two computers through modems.

Posted on 2003-11-10
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Me and my roommate have a PC each with our own internal data modems. Is there any way we can form a connection between these two computers using just our modems & phone lines? I could probably buy some phone cables, but I want to form a network, where we could exchange files, and play games.
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Why bother?  Get a couple of cheap NICS (you can find them for <$10 these days), and put a crossover cable between them (you can find a 5 meter <$10 as well).

So, for less than $30, you will have a MUCH faster setup, and one that you can use later for other things, instead of a really slow modem-based network that you would probably never use anywhere else.
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qwaletee is on to something. Besides, if you are going to use serial ports (which the modems connect to) you don't need the modems. You just connect them with a serial cable and modem eliminator that would together probably cost more than two NICs and a crossover cable. Plus, the two-NICs-crossover solution would provide far more functionality in addition to speed.

The other problem you would face with trying to connect two modems without going through a telco is answered by sunray_2003's offered web site. sunray_2003 has answered your question . . . no offense intended sunray_2003, but doing what that site suggests is more like an experiment or a training exercise . . . kinda like building a crystal radio from scratch: there was a time when that made sense for practial reasons. Now, it only makes sense from a teaching or learning perspective.

2 NICs, 1 crossover cable. By the way, some cheap NICs wont work at 100mbit, full duplex with a crossover cable.
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