Originally Posted by Wagon Man
I usecable braodband service, is any one of the following possible?
1. can I add a 2nd router (a wireless) to the remaining port of the WIRED router? i.e. I don't have to spend any additional $$ on wireless acrds for the three PC(s). Only PS3 will use the wireless connection
2. I have a cable outlet in the familay room, not in use ever since I switched to Dish. Can I add 2nd cable modem with a wireless router using this outlet WITHOUT causing any conflict to the wired LAN set up in the basement? Should this change my sub fee of the service (i.e. have a 2nd router).
A quick search, based on your post of having a RCA DCM315 modem, points to this -> TimeWarner Installation article
. Based on that, you have two physical connections to the Modem. 1 Ethernet, and 1 USB. There are a couple of types of possibilities to get the PS3 connected. Here is my best guess, ranked in terms of ease, but not neccessarily cost.
1) Replace the RCA modem with Wireless Cable Modem
. (you need to contact your provider to see what options you have) Assuming your existing PC has ethernet, this gives you one piece of equipment that can connect everything.
2) Add a Wireless Access Point 1
- IF your existing PC is using the USB port on the cable modem, you can just plug the Access Point into the Ethernet connection on the cable modem, and (with some tweaking) away you go.
3) Add a Wireless Access Point 2
- IF your existing PC is using the Ethernet port on the cable modem, you need an Access Point that has a builtin ethernet switch. This allows you to plug the Access Point into the Cable Modem, and plug your PC(s) into the Access Point. Might not be as bad as it sounds, but depends on whether your cable provider needs the Mac address of your PC for security, in which case it takes some additional setup work.
BTW, to answer your earlier question. Each physical cable or phone line coming into a house (normally one per house) can only accomodate 1 modem. So, for Cable or DSL you CANNOT have multiple modems connected.
Hope this helps...