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Hate to sound dumb, but have a new Soney lap top and can not find place to plug in telephone cable so that I can go on line. Have several other computers and each has places to plug in the wall to the telephone line. Is there a special cable I need?

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Does it have a modem? I'm thinking you probably do not have a modem ... dial ups are generally a thing of the past. Fewer and fewer computers come with modems built in, deferring to a network (NIC) connection or wireless connection. A NIC connection looks like a telephone connection but the NIC (Network Interface Card) has 8 conductors while a modem would have only 4 or 6. Warning, NEVER plug a NIC into a telephone outlet. A NIC operates at a very low voltage ... if the phone rings while your computer is plugged in ... there will be a puff of smoke as 60 volts enter your computer ... guess what is next ...

If you have several computers and are presently taking turns plugging the computers in for a dial up ... I would suggest to you it it time for a wire or wireless network in your home. That way you can have all of your computers share your conenction ... though I will tell you in advance, your connection speed will be severly hampered due to the current speed limit of about 56,000. Cable, fIOS or DSL lines operate in the millions of bits. If you have this type connection ... you still need a modem ... just add a router to build your network, but you dont need individual computer modems.

If you are interested in building a network ... you will need a wire/wireless router and a modem. You would control the modem from a computer and you would install connection sharing from within that computer. This will allow the networked computers to share the connection you have. It similar to a client - server network in that one computer controls and then shares the conneciton with other computers. ... still it would be a peer top peer network (no computer is superior to any other computer)

Im starting to ramble ... if you are interested in a network ... research the topic and if you get stuck, post a question. There are lots of network "expert" volunteers who roam these virtual hallways.

Thanks for your interest in FixYa.com.

Posted on Oct 03, 2010

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