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Solved: Router & wireless router questions ?

Discussion in 'Networking' started by mecury_2001, Jun 30, 2007.

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  1. mecury_2001

    mecury_2001 Thread Starter

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    Hi to all at TSG

    okay so i finally broke down and bought a laptop. I have 2 questions #1 i have a router provided to me by my isp provider for my desktop (verizon DSL ) the router has a 2 options in the back one is for a RJ45 jack, the other is a USB connection can i hook my laptop to this USB connection? ( i know it would not be considered wireless :D ) If so does the cable i have to buy have USB at one end and RJ45 at the other. Or USB to USB ? :confused: always had a desktop :) and if two people are on at the same time my wife on my desktop and me on my laptop is download and upload speed compromised or for that matter can we even be on at the same time :eek: ? Now to my 2nd question what wireless router should i put my money on or do i have to get it from verizon?

    Thanx in advance to all those who take the time to respond or to even peruse these silly questions :)
     
  2. pinntech

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    The answer to question #1 is YES.

    The answer to question #2 is that depends on the USB connection on the router. Is it a USB A or USB B connection. In short, is it a standard USB (flat) or is it kind of square like the one that would go into a printer? Most are the latter of the two. It would be USB to USB. The end to your computer would be a standard (flat) USB connection and the one to your router would have to be whatever your router has on it.

    If RJ45 is available, it is ALWAYS better to us it because it is simply faster than USB.

    Also, from the description of your “provided” router, it isn’t a router at all. It sounds like it is a DSL Modem. If it only has two possible connections on it, it is not a router, it is a MODEM.

    The answer to speeds is:

    The speed will be degraded slightly when two PCs connect. It all depends on what each person is doing on each PC. Your bandwidth will be slower if you are both streaming video or downloading files at the same time. If you are just surfing, you won’t notice much of a difference.

    If your “provided” component is indeed just a MODEM, then you will need a router to access the internet with more than one PC. Yes, you can use Internet Connection Sharing, but it is much faster and more reliable to get a router instead!

    You should be able to use any router from any manufacturer and you shouldn’t have to buy one from VERIZON. A quick call to their customer service can answer that question.

    What to use. I am using a D-Link DIR-655 wireless / GIG router. They are excellent, but a little high in price. My second choice is a Netgear WPN-824.

    D-Link website:

    http://www.dlink.com/products/?sec=1&pid=530

    Netgear WPN-824 link:

    http://www.netgear.com/Products/RoutersandGateways/RangeMaxWirelessRoutersandGateways/WPN824.aspx

    I hope this helps!! Thanks!

    Shane
     
  3. DoubleHelix

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    Not all modems / ISPs allow both an RJ45 and USB connection simultaneously as this distributes two public IP addresses. I suggest using a router to share the connection. Connect the modem to the router, and connect the router to the two computers. With a wireless router, you can have a wireless network connection with the laptop.
     
  4. mecury_2001

    mecury_2001 Thread Starter

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    Great information from the both of you!!! I will purchase the dlink xtreme and hook it up as
    suggested. the info from the phamplet sent to me from verizon suggested i could hook it up via yellow cable (RJ45 jack )or blue cable usb-?? but speed was never mentioned. always been hardwired and i am venturing into the wireless world....and of course i know where to go to get viable answers :)

    Thanx once again for rock solid responses !!!

    Mark
     
  5. JohnWill

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    Perhaps you could tell us the make/model of the Verizon supplied modem or router. It may not be necessary to purchase anything.
     
  6. mecury_2001

    mecury_2001 Thread Starter

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    Hi Johnnwill thanks for the response

    westell 6100
     
  7. JohnWill

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    Your modem is a modem/router, so you can have multiple machines connected. Obviously, if you want wireless, you'll need a wireless router. If you add a wireless router, you can either configure the Westell router in bridge mode or connect the secondary router as follows.

    Connecting two SOHO broadband routers together.

    Configure the IP address of the secondary router to be in the same subnet as the primary router, but out of the range of the DHCP server in the primary router. For instance DHCP server addresses 192.168.0.2 through 192.168.0.100, I'd assign the secondary router 192.168.0.254 as it's IP address.

    Disable the DHCP server in the secondary router.

    Setup the wireless section just the way you would if it was the primary router.

    Connect from the primary router's LAN port to one of the LAN ports on the secondary router. If there is no uplink port and neither of the routers have auto-sensing ports, use a cross-over cable. Leave the WAN port unconnected!
     
  8. mecury_2001

    mecury_2001 Thread Starter

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    Thanks again Johnwill every thing works perfectly!!!

    I have one more question I have a pci express card slot it fits both 54 and 34. I know these have to do with size and speed (i think ) are these to be used for online access when traveling? are there other uses as well? Like i stated earlier im new at wireless but adept at following directions :D and one last question what express card is reputable?
    well i guess there was more than one question:rolleyes:

    Thanks again...Mark
     
  9. JohnWill

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    Well, I can't really tell you which ExpressCard card is "reputable", as I don't have any experience with them, other than an unused TV card that came with my laptop. PCI-Express is a different standard for desktops, confusing isn't it. :D

    As far as traveling, you can get a cell phone modem in ExpressCard format for connection when out of range of WiFi hotspots, but you have to contract with specific phone providers for the service to feed it.

    You can mark your own threads solved using the thread tools at the top of the page in the upper right corner.© :)
     
  10. mecury_2001

    mecury_2001 Thread Starter

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    Thanks again Johnwill Where would this world be without a little :confused: :confused: :D (y)
     
  11. sanddollar

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    Thanks for the information in this thread. You inadvertently answered my questions.
    I was given a Westell 6100 and told it was a router. It had no cd or booklet with it.
    I was having a difficult time finding out exactly what it was and how to use it.
    I now understand it is a modem/router for DSL, but it is not a wireless router.
    For a wireless connection for a laptop I will need a wireless router.
    Thanks for the recommendations of which to buy. There are so many out there and so many different price points.
    Glad I found your awesome site.
    Thanks again. (y) :) (y)
     
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