Phone Line Networking

May 4, 2009 at 09:35:30
Specs: Linux i686
Howdy. I have 3 linux computers, and I am using a cable modem for my tv/internet/phone. I not longer use my home phone line for anything, and want to use it as a HomePNA. Unfortunately, I can't find any gear, and don't know what to buy. I've googled everything, and get no where. How do I set up a HomePNA, or network, on my current phone lines?

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May 4, 2009 at 09:53:45
I'm not sure why you would want to considering the low cost of using real network cable and the speed advantage of said network cable.

I did a quick google of HomePNA and their website says "By providing data rates up to 320 Mbps with guaranteed Quality of Service (QoS), HomePNA technology enables service providers to meet – and drive – the growing demand for new multimedia services such as IPTV and VoIP to the home."

While 320 Mbps with QoS would be fine for a VoIP phone, it wouldn't be very good for transferring fact, as far as networking goes, 320 Mbps is so horrendously slow it would almost be faster to copy the files to a USB memory key and walk over to your other computer(s) to transfer.

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May 4, 2009 at 12:51:38
Your current phone line may support 10baseT actually if it was run well and the distances are short. Most phone lines offer 4 solid copper wires. Try it before you get too far along. Might have to set systems to 10base to be sure and maybe even half dux.

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