How to connect my desktop computer for Internet

November 18, 2012 at 12:56:50
Specs: Windows XP

Hello, i'm moving back home. My mother has a desktop computer in the entertainment room. Its connected through an At&t modem. I have a desktop that will be in my room. Is there away for me to connect to the internet without buying this special modem their telling me i need. I have a router, but that was used for my roommates laptop, my desktop doesn't have wifi. I do have old At&t westell modem but i'm not sure if it'll work since her modem is the standard modem and not for networking.


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November 18, 2012 at 14:02:08

You'll need an AT&T-compatible wireless router/modem combined and install that in place of the existing AT&T modem your mum has.

You'll also need to fit a wireless card inside your desktop PC.

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November 18, 2012 at 17:33:47

"Its connected through an At&t modem"

Does the modem have extra ethernet ports to connect to? If it does, all you need to do is run a long ethernet cable from the modem to your desktop. If not, connect the modem to the router (which will definitely have several ethernet ports), connect one cable to your mother's PC & run a long cable to your room.

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November 18, 2012 at 18:59:39

thanks for the responses, yeah i think my room is too far in the back to run a cable. i have my current dish modem and router. I know i have numerous ethernet slots on those. I just know i can't run a cable through that many rooms. i was hoping i could just plug my modem into the phone jack or something. i guess i'll have to order the modem from att.

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November 18, 2012 at 22:24:26

I would just use a wireless router and a usb wireless dongle on your desktop. Quite inexpensive....
They work great. I use them for repairs when all my ethernet ports are taken up in my shop.
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November 18, 2012 at 22:46:06

So your mother is still using a dial-up modem? You'll either need to upgrade her system or set up your machine separately. Yeah, you're going to need to buy their stuff unless you want to settle for dial-up too. And of course with dial-up you can only have one computer online at a time.

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November 19, 2012 at 05:04:10

AT&T has DSL service, I assumed that's what's being asked about. Connecting your router to your mom's modem & running a long cable would be the cheapest option. If you have to run it to a 2nd floor, you may be able to do it without drilling any holes in the walls or floor by running the cable in the same wall cavity used by the heating duct or cold air return.

The next option would be a wireless router & either a USB dongle or wireless PCI card installed in your PC.

If she has dial-up, you're out of luck.

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November 19, 2012 at 08:13:09

Another option would be to use a device called IP over AC. If the modem has a second port, you run the cable from the ports to the first IP over AC device. That device sends the signal through the house wiring to the second IP over AC device and that is connected by a network cable from the device to a network port on your computer.

I have this setup in my house and it works great.

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November 19, 2012 at 12:52:45

Yeah it depends on what her service is now. AT&T has (had?) ISP dial up service and when he described her setup as '. . .standard modem and not for networking' and hoping he '. . . could just plug my modem into the phone jack. . .' I thought it likely was dial-up.

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