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Adding second modem

By Weir99 · 4 replies
Dec 8, 2014
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  1. I'm trying to add ascend modem in my basement so I get a better connection down there, since that's where my Smart TV is. I changed the SSID and password to the same as my other one, and changed some other settings to match that of the other. When I try to connect my laptop via Ethernet it won't connect to the Internet. The two modems are the same model, and I am not well experienced in these things, any and all help is appreciated.
  2. Weir99

    Weir99 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    *I'm trying to add a second modem,
    Sorry for any other typos
  3. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,193   +4,855

    You will need two independent ISP connections for each modem. You can't have two network devices communicating (trying to receive or transmit) at the same time.
    dkbroadband likes this.
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,493   +1,430

    Let's be clear
    • a modem is the primary box to the ISP. It typically is CABLE or DSL, and in the old days was dial-up
    • a router provides NAT services to allow multiple systems to share the single ISP connection
    • *some* boxes are hybrids in that they provide both the modem & the router functionalities
    It is rare that two modems are necessary, unless you run a server, but many of us have multiple routers.
  5. dkbroadband

    dkbroadband TS Rookie Posts: 25

    In order to improve your internet connection in the basement, you can try a number of things:
    -run a dedicated cat5 line from your router into the basement (this would be the best solution, as a hardwired connection is far more reliable than a wifi connecction; also improves the latency - which is very important in video games)
    -us a range extender in order to improve the wifi reception in the basement (there is a ton of them available everywhere; they are easy to set up; not as good as a hard line connection though)
    -move the current wifi router somwhere closer to the basement location (maybe move it --if possible-- from the second floor to the first floor)
    -use a powerline adapter - which uses your existing electrical outlets as a means of transferring data (This involves two adapters, one by the video console, and one by the router. It's the next best option after running a dedicated cat5 line, as it creates a hard wired connection for your network. Keep in mind that in order for a powerline adapter to work you can't have more than 1 elecrical panel, and the adapters can't be connected to a power strip)

    Either way remember that a hard wired connection is always the way to go. Latency is super important in video gaming, especially in shooter games, and wifi is your worst nightmare when it comes to the latency. Also certain home appliances such as washers, driers, microwaves will create a magnetic field of its own, and thus cause interference to your wifi network.
    jobeard likes this.

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