Solved Is it possible to use two 56k modems on the same computer

May 9, 2013 at 18:50:40
Specs: Windows XP
I was wanting to know if it is possible to use two 56k dial up modems on the same computer at the same time to achieve faster downloads? And, if so, how?

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#1
May 9, 2013 at 20:59:22
This can be done but you would need 2 telephone lines and an ISP that supports this. In this day of broadband I would expect that few do.

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#2
May 9, 2013 at 23:37:23
Modem Teeming or Modem Bonding it was called. The chances of finding an ISP that does 56K Modem bonding range somewhere between a slim chance and no chance. It also needs specialised software running to fool Windows into thinking the two Modems are just one.

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-mod...

Stuart


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#3
May 10, 2013 at 06:55:25
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Around 1998, Diamond came out with something called Shotgun technology that would allow you to theoretically double the bandwidth by using two 56k modems. But as LMiller7 said, you needed two separate phone lines, each with it's own phone number. It never caught on.

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/fe...

http://www.56k.com/reports/bonding....


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#4
May 10, 2013 at 07:16:49
A variation on what you're asking is ISDN and was widely used in 90's. In fact, until about 3ys ago, our company used it as our backup connection to our stores if/when the T1 connection dropped.

You can still find ISDN ISP providers, but not ones that support modem teeming. Keep in mind that ISDN is going to be much more expensive and a lot slower than current broadband (DSL, cable, or satellite) providers.

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#5
May 10, 2013 at 19:37:03
I thank you for your response. I remember the article that you speak of, I liked the maximumpc mag, along with boot, and pc upgrader. Everything is online now and I usually have to hunt for them. It is too bad the shotgun tech didn't take off. It was a good idea. Again thank you for your info.

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