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Vinda-Lou
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« on: November 02, 2004, 03:24:27 AM »

I just recently upgraded to dsl, and was wondering what hardware I need besides the xbox and the live subscription/headset.  I have the phone line spliters attached to each phone, answering machine, and computer, along with the modem hooked up to the computer.  For the xbox, would I need a whole 'nother modem, or just the line splitter from the phone line to the xbox?
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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2004, 03:27:30 AM »

Phone line to DSL modem to Xbox.

If you get sick of moving the cord from your PC to Xbox then you can buy a router.  The connected device has to go through the modem.  The router will connect between your modem and device, allowing you to share the same modem with more than one device at a time.  Currently I have four things hooked up to a router, which is hooked up to the modem.
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« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2004, 03:42:37 AM »

Definitely get a router. Not only will it keep you from having to switch every time, it also doubles as excellent security in the form of a hardware firewall for your PC and entire network.
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« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2004, 11:54:50 PM »

cool.  Thanks for the info.  I see quite a headache setting everything up.  My modem in a different room than the xbox, so running cables, etc. will be tough.  I'll check the prices on the routers, etc. anyway encase.
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« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2004, 12:10:24 AM »

Check out a wireless setup. It'll cost more to get the Xbox going in a different room, but you won't have to run wires all over the place. It's far simpler.

My wireless setup total for the router, the xbox, and two pc's came to around $170.

The microsoft-branded Xbox adapter was the most costly piece of hardware at $100, but to me was worth it to not have to spend an hour in our extremely hot and cramped attic. For anyone that thinks $100 is a little dear to just avoid some "work"... a little explanation:

When I ran the wires for the original 2 pc network I ended up spending over 3 hours up there when it was only 75 degrees outside. The thermostat up there showed the temperature as 104 degrees (!). That and by the time I'm up there crawling around for the first hour I start to get cramps in my hips, legs, ankles, and feet from all the crawling around on my toes and hands. Terrible. $100 well spent.
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« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2004, 01:08:27 AM »

Also check out the xbox live router page here to see if the router you want is compatible with Xbox live.  Some don't work because of the way they handle packet size.
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