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Managing Multiple Internet Connections For "Accounts" On One PC

Discussion in 'General Programming Chat' started by timothywcrane, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. timothywcrane

    timothywcrane Power Member

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    I hope that this is the best place for this thread, as it is directed to the Windows/And/Or/ Linux power user more than use of any direct programming language, and BHW does not have a Networking category.

    I am currently using a broadband (cable) connection as my main access, but also use a USB modem to connect to several different dial up access accounts nationwide (US) that I use for individual account automated interactions. By windows 7 default, whenever a dial up account is needed, it can be connected and the cable connection is made moot, still active but not transferring bandwidth to programs or devices. When I get of the DU account, the cable connection is automatically re established. This works fine most of the time, but it often interacts with windows in some unexpected ways. Often it renders the Control Panel inaccessible (throwing errors when invoked). I do not wish to unplug the cable modem or disable it when changing between connections, and was wondering if anyone here can think of a simple solution. I do have access to a spare laptop, and I could simply host a proxy server for the connections and use it in programs, but before I did that I thought I would ask around.

    Just to reduce any off posts, I do not wish to combine bandwidth or any other such matter, lest any misunderstand.

    Thank you,
    Tim
     
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    you meant you are not able to dialup connection or disconnect from control panel, it simply does not respond to clicks?
     
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    For some reason the auto transfer of connectivity off of dhcp throws a bug in my system that even trying to bring up the control panel elicits a windows error message.

    I found a work around that I kind of liked because it completely ignores the issue and seems to have given me a few more out of the box ideas ;) .

    I just Virtualboxed my individual accounts. I know it makes for some extra resource usage, but I just gave the USB modem only enabled and accessible to some Debian Guests. The good thing about this is that you can pretty much VPS them in the future anywhere you want, at least that the excuse I gave myself. I have to admit that I am biased towards ignorance when working on a Win-Net. I would much rather slash dot my way toward dependency hell than install windows heaven. I'm just stuck using it on my Largest monitor at home due to the fact that I have only converted the family over to the penguin march is as far as VLC and bittorrent on Windows, but I'll be winning them over with Myth TV and a Haupauge HDvideo cable card soon... and I'll have my 62 back ') Can I reformat my sons Ipad and re install it with Yellow Dog?.. LOL

    Sorry Aaric if you feel like you wasted a post on this, it was a stupid daily PC problem that didn't deserve a thread. I am sure that I can solve the problem from within by adjusting recognition of the default account to avoid the initial switch off of dhcp to begin with...

    but I am too worn out over having to watch hours of Nickelodeon and Google Spreadsheets in tandem. Thanks for the response. It is appreciated.