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I have two computers running win xp, bellsouth westell dsl modem,

how can i setup my internet sharing/home networking with my phone line, vice using long cat5 cross overcable or wireless devices?
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brownl
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savoneCommented:
Get a wireless router.  You can pick one up for 60 - 100 dollars at best but.  Or buy a regular router for 25 bucks!
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rshooper76Commented:
How close are the computers to each other?   I would get a hub/switch that the dsl modem plugs into. Then plug the computers into that hub as well.  If you need to use wireless you can get a hub/switch that is also a wireless access point.  
I have also seen in a lot of ne homes CAT5 ran to each phone jack.  If you only have 1 or 2 phones lines you can use the reaminig 2 pairs of wire to run a 10BaseT network to each jack.  Then you can put the DSL modem and hub wherever the phone lines come into the house.   This isn't the best way to do things, but it works if you don't want to run new wires and if 10BaseT is fast enough for you.
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brownlAuthor Commented:
one pc is my primary home and the other is for the guess/motherinlaw house which use the same phone line
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Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
hmm...  regarding using the existing phone lines for networking...  You can do this, but you need to purchase special adapters to make it work.  This is called HPNA and uses a method known as frequency-division multiplexing (FDM) to distribute the data packets over existing phone lines.  There are 2 versions, the newest giving you the 10 Mbps speeds.

If you just try to use the left-over 2 wires and crimp them into RJ45 ends, you will NOT see the speeds suggested.  First, this will be a collision environment (half duplex), and second, regular phone wire does not have the specs that CAT5(e) does, and will not deliver speed or reliability to your network.  And that does not even start to consider splices in the lines within the walls, attics, or basement.  

If you want to know more about HPNA, read this article.  It will help explain what you need to do to get this up and running:

http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/phone-network1.htm

FE
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Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
One more thing..  >>I would get a hub/switch that the dsl modem plugs into<<  If your modem is acting as a bridge, then a switch will NOT work.  You will need a router to authenticate to your DSL provider..  (PPPoE for example).  sharing your internet connection requires a router, not a switch or hub.

And don't purchase a Hub ever..  waste of money, and causes collisions on your network..

FE
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Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
how can i setup my internet sharing/home networking with my phone line<<   Think this question was answered..  :)
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Fatal_ExceptionSystems EngineerCommented:
ThankQ
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