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 Question by Barb Scoggins posted 30 Jul 2007
I have a desktop computer in my office at home. It has a cable modem that plugs into the satellite cable. I just bought my daghter a laptop for college ,which she will be using in her room.She has a satellite cable line in her room. How can I get it to work in her room, using my connection down stairs?
 Answer by Dmitri Abaimov posted 02 Aug 2007
Dear Barb,

You cannot share the connection using two different cable modems on the same cable service. You can, however, install a router between the cable modem and your computer that would also be able to accommodate for the second connection to your daughter's laptop. even thought this is a cabling helpdesk, I would advise you to get a wireless router because those usually have both wired connections you will use for your PC and wireless (WiFi) your daughter's laptop will be using. I am assuming her laptop has a wireless network card because you'd be hard pressed to find one without wireless these days.

You would normally see a diagram of all the required connections right on the back of the box or in the quick installation guide of the router.

Good luck!

Dmitri Abaimov, RCDD

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