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    ADSL Router 101 needed

    I have a 512k ADSL connection at home and use a no-frills USB modem . I've been doing some homework on ADSL routers but still have some unanswered questions. If I wanted to share this connection with e.g. a machine I had on the bench for maintenance, how would I go about doing this? Do I need to connect each base unit to the router in the same way as a network? Do I need to connect each to a hub first, then the hub to router? How would the router connect to the USB modem? Do I need to convert from UTP at the router to USB at the modem somehow??

    Many thanks for any help.

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    Re: ADSL Router 101 needed

    <hr>Do I need to connect each base unit to the router in the same way as a network?<hr>
    From the way you are describing your setup - yes. Hub or router, it doesn't matter heaps. On my test bench I have a network drop dangling from the ceiling that I can plug any PC with a NIC into and have access to the net and any shared resources on the LAN. A router will perform essentially the same functions as a hub, but I have a preference for Linksys DSL routers - easy to use, and reliable. You shouldn't need to do any conversions.
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    Re: ADSL Router 101 needed

    Just to add a little more insight.....

    I purchased a Linksys router with 4 available ports for my internal network. A few months later I purchased a laptop. A few weeks later, I purchased a wireless NIC and Wireless Access Point (both Linksys) so I could use the laptop anywhere, without running more wires.

    My point is... have a clear idea of what you want now, and down the road, and get what you need to go towards that. I could have saved myself a few dollars "in the long run" if I had purchased the Linksys router WITH wireless access point included. I also would have saved a bit of desk space, and a spot my power bar.
    Christopher Baldrey

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    Re: ADSL Router 101 needed

    Thanks for the replies guys.

    Well I've obtained a Belkin 4 port Cable/DSL router but haven't had time to connect anything. I've been reading the user manual but no mention is made of how to connect a USB modem that doesn't have an RJ45 socket. At present the modem is connected into the machine that will be the server. Is this just a matter of keeping the modem connected to the server, then connecting the server to the WAN port of the router using ethernet?? Or maybe I need a USB-to-Ethernet converter lead? Forgive my 'no-brainer' questioning, but I've never been involved with this before.

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    Re: ADSL Router 101 needed

    Alright, I'm trying to figure out what exactly you are trying to do here. You can use the system that has the USB modem as a routing and remote access server, but you will need to enable that service for it to work. You'll also need to configure the incoming connection to bridge across the USB network connection to a NIC, and then the NIC's output goes to the router. The NIC will connect to the WAN port on the router, and then you should be able to plug in to the router to get access.

    You may also be able to get an adapter of some kind, although I've never seen one (nor had a need for it).

    What operating system are you using on the server?
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    Re: ADSL Router 101 needed

    At the moment it's XPP, but this may change.

    What I'm looking to do with all this is to have a network with a shared ADSL connection using the router. This will be based in my home office with two machines - one XPP (W2KS?) as server, one W98SE/W2KP dual booter as client. From the router, I'll run a cable into my workshop into an old 16 port 10/100 hub. Onwards from there, I'll have the ability to have a number of systems on the bench all networked and all with access to the ADSL connection.

    I've found a Belkin network buliding wizard on a supplier's site which helps a bit. You'll find it towards the bottom of the page in the right hand margin. It's made me realise that I probably don't need a DSL router, just a 5 port switch would do, then presumably use ICS to share the internet access among the other machines. Then again, I may keep the router just in case I need the extra functionality in future (thanks Chris).

    I've just noticed that my mention of a USB-to-Ethernet converter may be clouding the water. All I was looking for was a way of directly connecting a USB modem to an Ethernet router without going through the server, not a 'network card' built into a USB cable

    Your <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15> and comments are very much appreciated and invited.

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