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Issues using my router/modem to share connection coming from Ethernet cable

Question: Issues using my router/modem to share connection coming from Ethernet cable

Ok here's the situation:
I just moved into a student apartment. The internet is already activated and it is available through the RJ45 jack straight off the wall. Using an Ethernet cable I am able to use Internet without any issues with my PC.

What I want to do:
- Use my Buffalo ADSL router/modem to share the connection: both wired and wireless.
- Use my router as local DHCP to create a private network with my home devices.
- Be able to access both the internet and the router without having to unplug anything.

The setup:
- There is no way to use a DSL (phone) cablein the house so I have to plug the Ethernet cable carrying the connection in one of the LAN port of the router.
- My PC use another free LAN port.

The issues so far:
- I am only able to share the connection through the LAN ports of the router.
- Wireless devices are able to connect (it even read "Internet access" in the tray bar) but are unable to browse. It can't resolve proxy and always time out.
-When the Ethernet cable is plugged into the router, the router itself becomes unavailable. I'm assuming the connection has its own gateway somewhere else and prevents me from accessing the router.
- I effectively don't have any private network anymore.

edit: another weird thing I noticed. On my laptop anytime I try to connect to a wireless network it connects to 2 networks at the same time. One with the proper SSID and the other "Unidentified network"

n.b: I have reset the router almost a hundred times already and tried to plug things in all possible orders.

Thanks for anyone able to help me.

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Answer: Issues using my router/modem to share connection coming from Ethernet cable

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I want to share the internet connection from my Arris TM502G cable modem, connected via USB, to my desktop's pci ethernet adaptor. To the pci ethernet port, I want to connect my WiFi router.

When I bridge the two connections, I can't get on the internet anymore from the desktop connected via usb, and if I share the internet connection on the USB cable modem to the ethernet port on the computer, I cannot ping the router. However, I can ping the router from my Wireless laptop. I have the ethernet cable plugged into the first port on the router (the one that usually goes to the cable modem), but I have also tried the first computer port on the router.The router configuration page does not show an internet connection, and it can't see my desktop computer, only my laptop.

The desktop has a self-assigned ip.

The reason that I want to do this is that my router has not been working while connected the usual, cable modem --> ethernet cable --> router --> computer way. It works for several minutes to several hours, but drops the internet connection (I can still browse the network, though). BTW, the router is a belkin F5d7230-4 with B and G wifi.

I am running Windows XP with SP2
Please help.

Answer:Share USB cable modem with ethernet router

What do you want to try to do? If the router is dropping the WAN connection it will probably drop it no matter what it is connected to. See if there is a firmware upgrade and then reset the router to factory default settings. Sometimes one or both these steps will "shock" it into behaving again.

You can't bridge the connections as you described unless you are paying for two public IP addresses from your ISP. And then you still may not be able to because you can probably only get one on the USB connection.

If you want to use the Belkin as an ethernet switch and wireless access point the following is the complete procedure.

JohnWill's procedure (Aug. 30, 2008) for configuring a secondary router as a switch and, optionally, wireless access point follows.

Connecting two (or more) SOHO broadband routers together.

Note: The "primary" router can be an actual router, a software gateway like Microsoft Internet Connection Sharing, or a server connection that has the capability to supply more than one IP address using DHCP server capability. No changes are made to the primary "router" configuration.

Configure the IP address of the secondary router(s) 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 through, I'd assign the secondary router as it's IP address, for another router, etc.
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I have a Netgear DG834GT wireless modem router for machine 1 and a WG111T usb adapter to connect machine 2 to the router.Now however we have a cable connection, and this is an ADSL router, so there's no way to use it as a modem right?Here's my setup;Computer 1 has cable internet accessComputer 2 has nothingSince the router and usb adapter can communicate, but the router is ADSL so won't work with my cable connection, is there a way to put the router on Computer 2 and somehow have it take the role of the USB adapter, to connect to the USB adapter on computer 1 which will be taking the role of the router?So Computer 1 (with internet access) connects to the router on Computer 2, "feeding" it a connection to the internet?No idea if this is possible... does anyone?

Answer:Netgear USB+Modem router = Share CABLE connection?

DON'T try to use your combined ADSL Modem/Router with Cable broadband, because it just won't work. Its WAN port is a phone connection - you need a "Cable/DSL Router", which doesn't incorporate a Modem, and which has an ethernet WAN port for connection directly to the Virgin Cable Modem's ethernet port.If you don't want to buy a Cable/DSL Router, you can connect the two computers directly, either with a *crossover* ethernet cable or in an "Ad Hoc" wireless network, and then enable "Internet Connection Sharing" on the actual internet connection (modem connection) in the PC that is online.

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Answer:one router, one cable modem and 4 computers to share the connection..cant figure out

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A week ago, my computer suddenly could not connect to the internet. I was using a cable directly connected to the cable modem.

Since then, I've tried:

1) Added a WiFi router connected to the cable modem. Tried using the WiFi card built in to the computer. It connects but reports "limited access", and there is no connection to the internet, and I can't access the router itself.

2) Bought a new Ethernet card, installed the drivers that came with it. I've tried it connected through the WiFi router's hard ports and directly to the modem. Hard resets (power cycling off 2 minutes) on the modem each time and still no connection.

3) In device manager, both Ethernet cards show as "working normally" with no errors. So does the WiFi card.

4) ipconfig shows only "tunneling" devices with media disconnected.

5) I've uninstalled and re-installed the drivers for the on-baord Ethernet, the WiFi card, and the new Ethernet card.

After reading some other posts, I captured the output from ipconfig and several netsh commands. I've attached them to this post. The files starting with netsh are basically the command entered with underscores replacing the spaces from the commands used to generate them.

I also borrowed another computer. It connects both directly through the cable modem, and using the Ethernet ports on the router. It doesn't have WiFi, so I couldn't test that method of access. It can also connect to and c... Read more

Answer:Lost connection to Internet. Using Cable modem, ethernet cable.

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I have searched through the forums, googled, and tried linksys and MS, still having trouble. So hopefully someone here can help.

I have a wireless Linksys router that has 4 connections for a wired setup. I had used the router for my Xbox that was upstairs but had my pc downstairs at the other end of the house. I switched over my Xbox from wireless to wired after running the house with CAT5 through the walls and in the attic down to my office.

My main PC (WinXP) is connected to the first wired port of the router and my Xbox to the second port. They both work fine. I recently acquired a laptop running Win2K and tried connecting to port 3 of the router to gain internet access in the bedroom upstairs. The router lights up showing that is recognizing a connection with the laptop, but the activity lights do not light up. When I disconnect the Cat5 from the laptop the laptop says the network has been disconnected.

I set the LAN connections to autodetect IP etc. etc. and as far as I can tell, all the settings on the Win2K laptop match my XPpro desktop. Is there something I am missing?

Thanks (Sorry for the long explanation)

Answer:Share internet with cable modem and router?

rbarr110 said:

I set the LAN connections to autodetect IP etc. etc. and as far as I can tell, all the settings on the Win2K laptop match my XPpro desktop. Is there something I am missing?Click to expand...

Have you checked ipconfig (open the command window and run "ipconfig /all" to see if the autodetect is pulling in the information correctly?

There really shouldn't be anything beyond plugging in the cable as far as the router is concerned.

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I have been having issues with sharing my internet connection via an ethernet cable. I read online that there is the ability to 'share' your internet connection. I have learned how to do this, but it doesnt work for me. I tried connecting my laptop. I went through everything and I was able to get the connection (it showed the LAN connectivity icon) however, there was the little yellow triangle next to it. I waited but it won't connect. What I am trying to do with this is be able to play multiplayer on computer games with other computers on my LAN. I also tried to connect my XBox 360 with this, but it doesnt have an internet connection. Any help I would appreciate.

Things to keep in mind

The only way I could get a good internet service was through my cell phone service provider, so I get my internet connection through my phone via USB tethering

All of the computers I am trying this on have Windows 8 Pro, except for one

Answer:Unable to share internet connection via ethernet cable

You really haven't described how you have your multiple computers setup to to share a single internet service connection. For example, are you using a router that has 2 ethernet cables plugging into it and you are attempting to share the same internet service?

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Answer:Cable Modem Ethernet Connection

What is the OS that is installed on the problem children? What is the make and model of the NIC on the PC's? Find some commonality between PC's with the networking problems. make sure the NIC's also have the most up to date set of drivers loaded.

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I am thinking of buying a used computer with an connection for dsl or one with a modem I understand I can use a modem with a phone line but what do I need for DSL?

Answer:modem for cable or ethernet connection

Hi, When you sign up for the DSL service, usually the DSL modem or DSL gateway device (this is not the same as a phone modem, but the telephone line is involved with DSL) is provided by them. It's usally an external device that they have a tech set up for you.
Remember, you need to tell them if you want wireless or wired.

You will need a network adapter card, or a built-onto-the motherboard Ethnernet port, and a network patch cable. Most newer computers come with an Ethernet port built in, or you can install one in an open PCI slot inside the computer. If you are going with wireless you will need a wireless network adapter.
The DSL service also sells them and will install it for you, ask first about the cost....they are not expensive, any good supply store will have some.
If you buy one and install it>>You usually will need to install drivers for this adapter- with XP, or with older network cards, the drivers may be loaded by Windows.

Dialup with the phone line is slow, DSL is something you will really appreciate.

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I've got two devices connected to my DSL modem/router - my PC and xbox, with the modem/router sitting midway between the two in the middle of my house. I'm about to install a Boxee box beside the xbox but I only have one ethernet cable running to that area which is plugged into the xbox. How can I share this cable between the xbox and Boxee and still be able to see my PC on the same network? I've had a router between the xbox and the modem before but it meant the xbox and PC couldn't see each other. The xbox and Boxee will never be using the connection at the same time - is there some kind of KVM-style network hardware that I could use or would an ethernet switch do the same thing?

Answer:Connecting two devices to a modem/router on one ethernet cable

or would an ethernet switch do the same thing?


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Any help would be greatly appericated.


Answer:Possbile share cable connection without a router

Nope. Multiple pc's require a router.

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I have a Motorola Cable Modem with Ethernet and USB Connection.

Can I use the USB connection to surf the net while the Ethernet port is busy with other LAPTOP?

What configuration will be needed to be made to use both Ethernnet and USB on my Cable Modem?

Answer:Solved: CABLE MODEM with Ethernet + USB Connection

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Thanks muchos!!

Answer:Which is superior cable modem connection...USB or Ethernet?

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Answer:If your cable Modem has USB and ethernet which one gives a faster connection?

Probably too close to notice but the straight ethernet will be faster

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My cable modem and laptop will not recognize each other when connected using an ethernet cable. (I know the modem does work using an ethernet cable...this is how it was connected to my desktop pc) I have been able to connect via the usb port, but I would like to use the ethernet connection if possible.

I have a Gateway running XP sp2

Answer:Laptop will not recognize ethernet connection to cable modem

If you know the modem works with an Ethernet connection to the desktop, and the same cable and port are being used when trying it on the laptop, and the laptop fails, it is a problem with the laptop.

Is the network adapter enabled?
Have you tried known working Ethernet network adapter?
Since it works with a USB adapter, you at least know there isn't a TCP/IP or Winsock problem.

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Hi Folks,

I'm really hoping that you'll be able to help me out here. I've been trying to sort this out for a few weeks now (should have asked for help earlier I know). The set up I have is a Toshiba Satellite A100 running XP Media Center Edition and an HP Pavillon Desktop also running XP Media Center Edition. I have a cable modem which is a Castlenet CBV600E and a router which is an Encore Electronics Wireless Broadband Router.

All was working brilliantly, for 6 months until a number of things happened. The laptop got a couple of trojans and generally annoying malware on it and the broadband speed was upgraded to 4Mbps (I'm in Gozo, Malta, that's good for here!). Since then the desktop will connect fine through the modem and through the router (although through the router the speed drop by about 1/3, but that's another issue), but I can only get a stable connection for the laptop by plugging it into the modem via usb.

If I connect the laptop to the router by wire or wirelessly then the speed drops to 481 kb/s download speed, 148 kb/s upload speed and the pings rise to 385 ms (just tested on If I leave the connection then the speeds will decrease until pages do not load at all and the pings rise to the 1000's ms. This can take from a couple of hours to 10 minutes. If I turn everything off, leave it off for a few minutes and start it all back up again the connection returns at a useable level for a little while, then degrad... Read more

Answer:Solved: Problems connecting laptop to modem and router via ethernet cable but usb ok

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Hey, I just want to say thanks to anyone who gives me any help and sorry for the termonology just I'm not the best with computers. So here is my problem, I have a router(lynksys WRT54GS.) I currently have a wireless connection set up and I was wondering how could I set up a connection through an ethernet cable. I have the cable connected from a port in the router to the computer I'm using now. Sorry for the question (sounds stupid when I read it over,) but like I said I'm not the best with computers.

So can anyone tell me how to get the ethernet cable as my main connection instead of wireless and how I could set it up?

Regards, Jack.

Answer:Help setting up connection through ethernet cable on my router

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As my PC will be moved upstairs soon where there is no way to get a ethernet cable any more,
I will be forced to go wireless...
I have never wanted it and never used it except on my mothers laptop witch is obviously built-in.
So my experience with wireless stuff is very low...

some fact that may play a role for your comments:
-from PC to modem/router threw the walls will be about 8 yards max.
-there is a chimney in the direct path from PC to modem/router.
-there is barely any metals used in the house although the modem is placed next to the water-main.
-the laptop of my mother never had any issues and is about 2 years old cant tell you the what hardware it used ATM.

Now what I want:
-I want my 6.4 MB/sec speed (other wireless devices dont play any role > mom laptop (80% facebook and 5% mails and 5% searching the web and the rest is youtube lol ; and the smart TV really doesn't do anything except for streaming some video clips very rarely.

- I NEVER want to get disconnected!! not even for a millisecond if you catch my drift.

- I prefer an internal piece of hardware witch I have a PCI slot for with the room. Although I would also like to be able to give internet to multiple PC's or whatever , ya never know ; LAN party for example...
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Answer:Solved: Help! need to switch from ethernet cable to wireless connection to modem/rout

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Im currently using a usb cable to connect to my comcast ambit cable modem. anyways... when I try to plug in my ethernet cable... I cannot/or do not know how to obtain an ip using win2k advanced server.

My broadcom ethernet driver is ok.
and yes.. when Im trying to use ethernet... of course i disable the usb internet connection.

Ive tried this before, and had the same problem with win2003 server on a home pc.

I dont have active directory, or a dns server configured on this machine (dont need to use these features).

Any ideas would be great... thanks!!!

Answer:Solved: win2k server, direct cable modem connection (ethernet) no ip!!!

Did you power cycle the modem after changing the connection from USB to Ethernet? If not, that's the problem.

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Hey guys, 
So yesterday as I launched a computer game on my desktop, it was stuck at the loading screen and was attempting to connect to the network. I closed out of the game, and then my internet just stopped working (I am also connected through the ethernet cable on a LAN network). Anyways, I went to bed and this morning nothing changed. I troubleshoot to see what the problem is and I get the message "Your broadband modem is experiencing connectivity issues", with the problem "The connection between your access point, router, or cable modem and the Internet is broken". I tried replacing the ethernet cable with 3 other ones, all resulting in the same issue. I have restarted my computer normally and in safe mode, and I have done a system restore. I live in an apartment so the only way to reset the modem is to unplug it, which I've done numerous times. I've also performed a clean boot with msconfig.exe, and I've tried to reset the winsock connection via cmd. Also when I plug in any of the ethernet cables to my laptop I can connect to the LAN just fine, the only issue is that it wont connect with my desktop. Does anyone know what the problem could be, I'm trying to do everything before calling in someone to inspect/fix it. All help is very much appreciated! Thanks 
EDIT: Im sorry I posted this in the wrong section; it should be under Windows 7    Mod Edit:  Merged posts - Hamluis.

Answer:Connection Issues with ethernet cable

Is your wireless working?  I had the same thing happen to me regarding ethernet, I thought hardware, took it to my local business-oriented computer store.  Something closed down the ethernet card alright, they ran some anti-malware, anti-bloatware, etc. -- got desktop back w/hard-wire & wireless intact.  Actually, I added wireless right on the spot, now, if one goes down, the other probably will stay running.  Be forewarned, if you run Combofix, JRT, RKill, and other things of that nature -- there may be a price in other areas of functionality.  Finally, I simply rolled back to a month-old C-partition backup via Acronis True Image -- and everything was working fine.

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Answer:Solved: help setting up a netgear router without ethernet cable connection

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Thank you.

Answer:Router keeps losing connection to cable modem

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Sometimes AIM will disconnect on me, and I can't get on the internet. On the router thier are link lights to the connected computers, but arent blinking (No packet transmission correct?). I have to physically go over their and power cycle my router and then it works again. This happens maybe every day or every other day. It gets pretty annoying when I have to go reset it. Anyone have any ideas?

Answer:Connection Freezes: Router or Cable Modem?

Check make sure your Linksys has latest firmware.
If it still has problems, think about replacing it. I heard good things about SMC Barricade Routers.
If your VoIP software uses broadcast/multicast be sure to lower the speed of the routers wireless, or upgrade client adapters to G.

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I recently did a clean install of XP SP2, because I believe it got corrupted somehow, but now that I'm back online and everything is up and running again, my browser, Mozilla Firefox, keeps slowing down after a short period of time. If I pull the power plug on the cable modem (Motorola provided by Comcast) and let it sit for a period of time, when it repowers and connects, the speeds are lightning fast again. What is going on here? And more importantly how can I fix it (other than swapping out the modem)?

Answer:Cable Modem Connection issues

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I have a motorola surfboard cable modem from time warner connected to Linksys WRT54G router, with one wired connection to the PC and a wireless connection to a laptop.

The connection to the internet is dropped every couple of hours from both computers and requires me to unplug the cable modem and then the router and then plug them back in before it will work again.

When the connection does drop, I cannot even access the router setup ( from the PC. Also, this problem did not seem to happen when I tried connecting the PC right to the cable modem without the use of the router. This is why I think it is the router.

I tried setting the router to clone MAC address, and setting the MTU to 1400, but I am still having the same problem. Does anyone have other suggestions about what else there is to do?

Answer:WRT54G Router dropping connection to cable modem

First things we normally recommend are:
Download the latest firmware for your router.
Reset your router to it's default config by holding in the reset button for at least 15 seconds.

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A client has the following hookup :
Belkin Cable Modem "BEFCMU10
Motorola/Vonage Router "VT2142-VD
Netgear wireless ROuter "WGT624"

Before adding the Vonage client was able to share files and printer between desktop and laptop. Printer is wired to desktop via USB cable. Laptop also had internet connection.

Since adding Vonage, laptop can no longer print or see files on desktop. Desktop no longer sees laptop. Computer and Workgroup names are unchanged. Laptop still has internet connection.

ipconfig on laptop reveals default gateway as 192.168.15.X
ipconfig on desktop shows default gateway as 192.168.16.X

Desktop gateway is the Vonage, Laptop is the Netgear.

I am sure there is a way to get them both communicating again without affecting the Vonage service but I am not sure.

Any ideas?

Answer:Cable Modem to Vonage to Wireless Router issues

You have to disable DHCP on the second router and give it's WAN port a static address from the primary router. Johnwill has a small tutorial on here somewhere regarding using multiple routers on the same LAN. PM him and I am sure he can point you in the right direction.

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Router = Netgear MR814v2
Cable Modem = Ubee D3.0

Directly linked the laptop to the Cable Modem to run through Comcast's initial setup and all was fine. Since then I have add the wireless router to the mix in order to allow our multiple computers to access the internet. Ran through all setup proceedures via the Netgear setup wizard ( and granted access to the necessary computers via the shared key. All computers can see the router, but none allow for connection to the internet. One computer has been able to give the feedback that their is an issue with the DNS. Only change in the equipment that I see is that the LED lights on the front of the Ubee D3.o modem have gone from all solid green to all but one which is now a solid blue (the DS light).

Answer:Wireless Router and Cable Modem Connectivity Issues

What does it mean when the DS LED on Ubee D3.0 cable modem is blue?

Did you power cycle the modem when switching the device connected to it?

What does the router's WAN (Internet) status show for IP, Default Gateway and DNS Server(s)?

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I recently baught a Netgear 4 port web safe router. I hooked up my laptop to it with an ethernet cable and i download around 600kbs a second. Now when i hooked my desktop up to it i download at about 25kbs a second. I get this speed even when the desktop is the only comp hooked up to the router

Does anyone know how to increases the speed on my desktop to at least get it closer to the speed on the laptop? Anyone know why the destop speed is so much lower and how to increase it. Again i apprecaite any responce and thanks for any replies in advance.

Answer:Cable Modem Connection Speed Issues

download this utility (DrTCP.exe) from
It checks your internet setup.
Also check your router-setup to see if that desktop-port has been limited in its receiving speed (as compared to your laptop-port)

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I just bought a D-Link wireless router and I cant get it working properly with my internet connection. At first it was working fine it was hooked up to my cable modem and a line was going to my ethernet card on my pc. But then after I ran the wizard for the router (an adress i had to type in IE) I set it up following the oncscreen instructions and after that lost internet connection completely. Ran ipconfig and it said media disconnected and didnt show my ip address even though the cable modem light were all on and working like normal. So I disconnected my cable modem from the router and plugged it back into the computer like before and for some reason I still wasn't getting an internet connection. The Router must have done something to my IP address or something. So I had to call my ISP and they said to go into services.msc and dns and dhp option stop and restart it. After this it started having a working connection but not with the router only with the cable modem to pc like before.
I have no idea why the router messed it up everytime i connect it to the cable modem. Like I said it only started happening after I ran the wizard it told me to in the manual of the router. It was working fine hooked up the router before this. In the wizard it asked me some basic stuff like my ip adress whether its static (which it is) and my dns servers etc. I should have just left it without going into this wizard thing. I even pressed the reset button afterwards on the router to restore... Read more

Answer:Lose internet connection whenever i try to use my wirless router with my cable modem.

it can be funny with routers, I had one that dropped my connection almost every day for a week.. it hasnt dropped it in over a year now..

I'm sure its in the instructions but power it all off.. turn on the modem and wait about five minutes then turn on the router and then the computer. Then try and log into the router thru IE.. and change the settings manually. its not that hard and in reality most people never change a single default setting aside from the password

one more thing.. how are you connecting to the router? are you still using a cable .. or are you attempting to convert your system to wireless...

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The issue is complicated. For starters, I have been experiencing trouble connecting my laptop to the internet through our cable modem. I did live in a dorm on a college network with ethernet if that affects anything. My home computer is a Dell desktop. It has no ethernet ports so we use a USB cable to connect to the cable modem. However, when I disconnect the USB cable from my PC and connect to my laptop, my laptop has trouble even detecting it. Sometimes a Local Area Network Connection will not even show up. In device manager, the USB connection has a yellow exclamation point next to it.Additionally, I have tried disconnecting the USB cable from my PC to eliminate that connection and then hooked up my ethernet cable from my laptop to the modem's ethernet port. When I do this, nothing at all happens.

To complicate the problem, I called my provider (G Force) and asked what the problem was. I was recommended to pick up a wireless router to eliminate the conflict. I got a Linksys WRT54G. Once I got home i realized that I needed an ethernet port on my PC to install the router software on my PC. I decided to try and bypass my PC all together and install through the laptop even though I can't get a connection through any cables. I seemed to have installed it successfully minus the connecting to the internet step. I just skipped it; the installation said that everything was established except for the cable internet connection. I think i had the cables set up right (one et... Read more

Answer:Cable Modem - Home PC - Laptop - WIreless Router Issues

A minimum requirement when switching the device connected to the modem is to power cycle (unplug for 30 seconds or so) the modem. It is not clear to me that you did that every time.

Reset the router to factory default settings (hold the recessed reset button for 10 to 20 seconds, or consult the manual for precise instructions).

Unplug the modem and router and shut down computers.

Leaving the modem's USB port unconnected, connect modem to router's WAN port and computer(s) to router LAN port(s).

Plug in modem; plug in router; boot computer(s).

If you don't get a connection to the router skip to the ipconfig /all information below.

Type the router's default LAN address ( into your browser and login to the router. Look at the WAN status to see if it got a good IP configuration.

If the router did not get a good IP configuration (and you never got a good ethernet connection to the modem) there are several possible reasons:

1. Like my service, for some reason you need to register the modem as if it is a new one when switching from USB to ethernet or vice versa;

2. Your ISP is one of the few that tracks the MAC address of the device connected to the modem; if this is the case you have to clone the (USB connnection's) MAC address of the desktop to the router's WAN. EDIT: or call your ISP and register your router's WAN MAC address.

3. Modem's ethernet port is bad;

4. Cable from modem to router is bad.

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I have a PC and a laptop. both run win 8 and I have set up a homegroup with them both. The router is a NetgeaRr WNR2000 v2. Problem is that when the laptop is connected by wifi to the router and the PC is using an ethernet cable the 2 will not connect to each other. Both can reach the internet but only by cabling the laptop to the router can I share files from one puter to the other.
Is it possibl;e for this router to connect the 2 segments? should it happen automatically? if not what do I have to do? Any help will be gratefully received.

Answer:Netgear router issues. wifi to ethernet connection?

Sounds like you haven't set the homegroup set-up properly. It takes the generated password to set it up for homegroup on all PCs in the group.

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Tried searching for a solution but couldn't find anything specific enough to my issue.

Any help is greatly appreciated; wired network connections.

As of right now, I am able to connect to the internet but only directly from my modem to my main desktop. When I have the router connected... there is no network connection on anything connected to router, not even my main desktop. I then started to see if other devices such as PS3 and laptop would work connected directly to modem. No connection can be made; however, everything shows pc activity. The only connection i get to work is when my main desktop is connected directly to the modem. I believe it is a network settings issue, involving router and/or modem. I've tried doing the whole reset router/modem/pc, and disconnecting reconnecting cables solutions but nothing.

Thanks again for any responses and help.

Answer:Connection to Router/ Modem issues...

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Hey guys, currently the internet works fine with no problems using just a THOMSON ST5x6v6 SppedToch router. However my problem starts when I try to connect my Gigabyte GN-BR01G router. After conecting the two the internet and network disappears completely (however it'll occasionally connect to the internet for around 3-4 seconds and then drop out again). Yet another thing to add to the list of problems, as soon as I connect the Gigabyte router, it no longer shows up when I search for wireless connectivity with my laptop.

Any ideas guys?

At the moment the current set up is Desktop -> Gigabyte Router WAN port -> SpeedTouch ethernet port

Answer:Modem + Router connection issues >:(

are both of the routers wireless? if so then they are probably interfering with each other because they are on the same channel. you can find the channel setting options if you login in to your routers setup screen.

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After trouble shooting on my own, I'm stuck. My current situation is that I have a Netopia (Cayman 3346) DSL modem-router (not wireless) that is connected to a (Linksys E100) wireless router. I currently run a small business that has two other computers connected through the Linksys router and are properly configured on the network.

Problems, Thursday night was the last time I could connect using the wireless connection. I cannot connect wirelessly now, but I can connect through the Netopia modem-router.

Manual Troubleshooting included:

-CMD for proper release/renew (IP shows 192.)
-Hard reset both modem and router.
-Manually configured the Linksys router.
-Called Netopia and manually configured modem-router successfully
-Again, computers hard-wired to modem-router will connect.
-Lights on Linksys router are lit and working properly (i.e wifi icon,power, and line 1)

Any ideas? I found in the Netopia settings of the WAN to be configured this way, should I change to IP Address?

Any help would be appreciated as my business is hindered by only having one computer operational.

EDIT: Here is a picture from the Netopia WAN configuration page

Answer:Solved: Connection issues: Modem to Router

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So about a year my laptop got water on it ... send it to fix last week and it works now !
went to TWC to get a modem And the modem works pecfectly fine on My regualar Computer but no my Laptop
I doesnt even blink when i connect the ethernet cable ?
What can vb ethe problem??

Answer:Sony vaio wont recognize cable modem or ethernet cable?

you need drivers , for the devices with a yellow ! - possibly the chipset
its possible the hardware is damaged , because of the water issue

however, post back the exact sony model and windows version and can look for drivers - should be on the sony support site

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I have Laptop and Desktop (windows 7 ultimate)
I use it to play games, But I wanna transfer my Games (files) to my new laptop using Ethernet Cable or Crossover cable. I lost my 16 gb USB so I just transfer via Ethernet Cable but How?
Please help me.

Answer:How to share files via Ethernet Cable?

Razer, Are both computers connected to a router or switch?
If so, then you can turn on sharing and using the same userid, you can map a drive on one computer
to another and then just copy the files, Of course if there are hidden files then you have to have all that
turned on in control panel. Folder Options.

Can you see the other computer on your network? also are they both on the same network,


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I have Laptop and Desktop (windows 7 ultimate)
I use it to play games, But I wanna transfer my Games (files) to my new laptop using Ethernet Cable or Crossover cable. I lost my 16 gb USB so I just transfer via Ethernet Cable but How?
Please help me.

Answer:How to share files via Ethernet Cable?

How does your laptop and PC connect to the internet?
Through a router?
Or do you just have the single ethernet connection through a modem?

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So my laptop is receiving a wifi signal, but unfortunately my desktop doesn't have a wireless card. To be able to have an internet connection in both I've read I can use an ethernet cable to share the laptop's wifi connection with the desktop.
How do I go about doing this in Win7?

Answer:How do I share internet with an ethernet cable?

You will need what is called a crossover ethernet cable, connect the 2 ethernet ports together with it, turn on Internet Connection sharing on the Laptop before you do.


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I have cable NTL broadband, and I want to be able to share the internet with computers not only with an ethernet input, but also computers without ethernet, and only ADSL/dial up type inputs, and even USB if possible.

There's lots of things about such as convertors and such, but I wondered if someone could advise the cheapest, easiest option. Is there something like a hub that has ethernet, USB, and other broadband connecting connectors like for BT lines?

Right now I have a Belkin router setup for 4 outputs ethernet outputs, am I best just get small ethernet to other converters?

Answer:Share Cable broadband, to computers without ethernet

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And also, can one computer be Win XP, and the other be Linux?

Answer:can I share resources with 2 computers using an ethernet cable?

What do you mean by resources? If you mean RAM, CPU cycles etc then the answear is no. If you mean internet, NAS, printers, etc then yes.

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I have a cable modem attached to a network (router, cascaded to other routers - different vendors routers but it works / to attach 10 computers). The PCs use a lot of data/bandwith part of the day and works well, generally, but the cable modem sometimes has outages and its important we get network working again. We have no IT support. So thank you in advance for any direction you can provide.

I also have a DSL line/router that is not attached to anything (except it provides wireless).

Question: Can I just swing the cable from the cable modem over to the DSL router and expect internet to work?

I tried it one day and it worked, but we had very limited usage.

I tried it another time when the cable modem/internet failed - and it didn't seem to work. The usage was much higher so I don't know if the amount of data or the required "handshake" would take longer. or what...can you advise. This is just vanilla internet connection. No VPN or such. The applications can be shut down and reopened. But we would rather not have to reboot the PCs.

Second question would be: if I have both DSL and Cable Modem sitting next to each other - can I attach both so they can both be used and provide back up.

Answer:Can I just swap Ethernet Cable from Cable Modem to DSL?

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Hi All

This is my First post. i just registered today and try to search but its unsuccessful for me.

Here is my issue. I hope you guys help me

I have 2 PC's both have WinXP Pro. i have one network card port in each pc. so i am disconnecting my pc from internet and trying to connect with my 2nd PC. but its not detecting. i am new with the networking. i am not using any router or hub as i don't have. when i connect with ethernet (CAT 5) cable both pc is not detecting each other. Try to create new network connection but it wont help at all. I need to transfer few files from one pc to another. if you guys have any step by step guide or any kinda help Pls let me know. As i need to transfer file urgently pls.

Thanks in Advance.

Answer:Can't Share Files when i connect 2 pc with ethernet (CAT5) Cable

Chk local connection on both laptops if the firewall is ON, Disable the firewall or chk if any antivirus shield in not letting you ping both systems if you have then disable the shield.

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Can i use a switch instead of a router to share a cable modem connection to two people?

Answer:To share cable modem on a switch

hellomynameis said:

Can i use a switch instead of a router to share a cable modem connection to two people?Click to expand...

In most cases no. If your cable company assigns you two IP addresses it might be possible, but in the long run you're normally better off behind a router that does some basic firewalling (SPI even better).

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Are there any clear "how to" guides readily available (especially on the internet) on networking 2 PCs together to share a cable modem access to the internet, as well as files and printers?My PCs (one using Windows XP, the other W-98)both have LAN cards fitted, and I have a cross-over cable. However, my one attempt at networking the two PCs was pretty disastrous, and there was certainly no way they could both access the cable modem.Easy to understand guidance would be very much appreciated.

Answer:Network 2 PCs to Share Cable Modem

click here for a guide.

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I need my wireless router several more feet away than one cable will allow. One computer plugs in, and one is wireless; so that means I would need 2 or 3 ethernet cables plugged into the router. I have one very long cable so I was thinking I could run it to the wireless router where I need it, and have the non-wireless router by the computer that needs to be plugged in and run a cable from that to the computer as well as have the long cable plugged in and run that to the wireless router. Make sense? Would that work?


Answer:Can I plug an ethernet cable into one router, then another cable in another router?

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This has been driving me absolutely crazy but I am glad to have found the source of it. Over the past 4-5 weeks ever since i built my new computer, my computer has always had this wierd high pitch noise. I dont know if its coil whine or not, but the sound signature is def not the same as the coil whine that comes from my 7970 card. It sounds more digital.

What could be the cause of this? And what would the remedy be? My ethernet cable is approx 60 ft so it will be a pain in the ass to replace. Or buy another NIC?

edit: forgot to mention....the noise is constant. Not intermittent with usage. No amount of load or idle on the network changes the noise.

Answer:High pitch noise coming from motherboard when ethernet cable plugged in

This may sound totally random, but do you have Pando Media Booster installed? If so, try uninstalling it. Here's my source for the suggestion.

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I am trying to install a new ethernet modem/router to replace my speedtouch usb modem given to me by Orange.

However when I power down unplug the old usb modem and plug in the new ethernet modem/router nothing happens. I have gone to network connections and clicked on LAN and clicked obtain an IP address automatically. Within network connections I also have the Orange connection which I have also tried doing it on.

Am I being completely stupid here? Can I not use the new modem/router that doesn't belong to Orange?

The modem/router I have is a D-Link G624T.

If someone could give me some advice I would appreciate it.


PS I have also tried using the IP gateway thing and it just says the page cannot be displayed...

Answer:How do I change modems?? USB modem to an ethernet modem/router??

Do you have a user name/password for that account? You normally have to program the WAN section of the modem/router with that information to get a connection.

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Just moved in and brought my ADSL wifi modem Belkin F1PI241EGau with me, but over here there is cable and the provider supplied me with their modem motorola Surfboard SB5101E. I would like to connect these two to use the wifi. Would that be possible?

Thank you

Answer:Can i connect my adsl2/2+ wifi modem/router to cable modem?

Not really. The ADSL router doesn't have the correct WAN interface. You need a standard router with an Ethernet WAN connection.

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Like the title says, is a crossover cable needed to connect a cable modem to a router? Or will standard straight through work? Or either?


Answer:Crossover cable need to connect cable modem to router?

Many times a standard straight-through cable will work just fine.

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Which connection is "better" in terms of a cable modem....usb or ethernet?

Answer:cable modem: usb v ethernet

Originally posted by rosh325:
Which connection is "better" in terms of a cable modem....usb or ethernet? Click to expand...

This is a no-brainer, pick Ethernet every time!

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i set up a DSL modem to a new computer.

although i have a ethernet connection on the DSL and the new computer,i used a USB cable.

should i go buy an ethernet cable and use that instead of a USB or does it make no diffrence?


Um technicallly ethernet is way faster than usb. usb 1.0 only does 300k per second while ethernet does way more. (not sure how much). Then again your internet connection might not be faster than 300k per second. If you have dsl its very likely that you get 765kbps or soemthing like that. I don't know how to translate kbps to kilobits so I dont know how much 300k is in kbps. I do know that I can't use the usb type even though my dsl modem supports both because my connection is much more than 765kbps its 1.5gbps or 1500kbps. I use ethernet because maybe my connection is actually a little more than 300k per second which is what usb 1.0 can do.

ps. Im not an expert but in my case I went with ethernet because well its made for networking and I wouln't wanna use up a usb slot.

Your internet provider should have provided you with an ethernet cable and the usb cable so don't spend your money unless your worried that your connection is slow because the dsl modem is connected through usb.

MMM, McDonald's Oreo McFlurry (its yuuuuuuummy)

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I everyone, I was wondering if I should be using USB or an NIC card to connect my cable modem to my computer.

The computer guy said that the USB is not much slower than the ethernet. I want to use USB because that'll save me the trouble of getting a new NIC to network my computers

I don't really know how much slower one is than the other so if someone could tell me that'd be great.

Also, do you recommend ICS or routers?

Answer:usb or ethernet for a cable modem?


Short and sweet:



good for a Mac or a laptop that you wanna move about


Doesn't work with some computers (it sure didn't on mine)
Near impossible to network without ICS or some kind of NIC interface between the sharign computers (also, the one connected to the DSL would have to be always-on)
When using broadband modems especially, it hogs the USB bus bandwidth
Alcatel USB modem hogs power, and may cause the USB bus to shut down, which causes many problems


Usually provides higher speeds/better stability (as opposed to USB)
Fast to sync


OS-dependent (on the drivers level)
networking may be more difficult; suffer from some of the same issues as the USB
Isn't as easy to tell if it's "dead" (especially with the 3com modems)


Easy to network
Modem is not OS-dependent (except with the NIC card itself)
Can be setup for *almost* always-on (or always-on with a router)
*usually* very reliable

Easy setup


Pricey (for the hardware)
Unless using a router, PPP-based DSL (as opposed to earlier bridged connections) would still need connection software
PPPoE (in my experience, oE is very laggy and rather poor, as opposed to oA which the former two could use)
Hope this helps

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I am connected to internet through cable modem from time warner earthlink and use di 604 A router.I
am recieving error message of network cable disconnected when I connect through router but it is fine
when i connect modem directly to computer .when i try to connect through router the WAN led either blinks
slowly or doesnt light up at all.All this started happening when and i tried to restart router one day.Also
sometimes isee only packets sent but no packets recieved in local area connection status until i reset my
modem.Is this usual or do i have a defective router or modem or ethernet cable ? If latter is the case what do I need to do?Any help is welcome.Thanks

Answer:is it di 604 or ethernet cable or modem?

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I have a cable modem linked to my pc via an ethernet cable for my broadband and want to get a network communication with my Playstation 3. I don't want to go wireless as I understand I get a faster Internet speed when I am wired. If I acquire a suitable length of ethernet cable running from the PS3 to the PC, how do I connect this cable up, bearing in mind I have a single ethernet port on the PC currently occupied by the cable modem connection. Do I need something like an ethernet switch or hub? Any advice would be gratefully received.

Answer:Ethernet...cable modem +PS3

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I have a friend with an old laptop running win98.

She was connected to the internet through a cable modem, using a usb connection.

Her boyfriend recently got his PS2 connected to the net through the same cable modem, but through the ethernet port.

There was a complicated registration process for the PS2 to connect to the net.

My friend can no longer get her laptop to connect to the net.

When it is connected, the usb light on the modem lights up but the computer wont connect.

Ps2, and laptop were never connected at the same time.

Is it possible that the PS2 registration process reconfigured the modem or connection type?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Answer:Cable modem. usb, ethernet.

Hard to say, it would help a lot to know what make/model of cable modem is in use. FWIW, I'd much rather be connected using Ethernet anyway. Since you mention a "complicated registration process", I suspect that you are correct in your analysis. I'd consider one of the many really cheap Ethernet PCMCIA cards for the laptop and just use Ethernet, it's a much better way to connect. If they both would like to connect, now's a good time to pick up a cheap broadband router!

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I want to connect 1 pc via the Ethernet port and one pc via the USB port on my Toshiba pcx1100u cable modem. Can these work together simaltaneously? I just want to know if it can be done. I already have a router but this is something I always wanted to try. Thanks in advance.

Answer:Can I use USB and Ethernet on Cable modem?

Nope. You have one data stream, you just get to pick which hole it comes out of. FWIW, I've never tried the USB on my PCX1100U, and I never intend to. USB sucks for networking, there's no point if you have an Ethernet connection.

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Ok, I recently moved into an apartment with an ethernet link all ready to go. I was told that I could use my Linksys BEFSR41 wired router to share this connection with my other pc (before I moved in). Now that I am here, and trying to set everything up, I am having problems.

I have the cables right.. ethernet cable to the WAN port on the router, separate cables from 1 and 2 slots on the router to the pcs.. and in network connections on the pcs, I am getting LAN connected. On the host pc, I also have a Internet Connection gateway above the LAN connection.. it says "Disabled". I tried right clicking it and selecting Enable, and it tells me that it is connected but it still reads Disabled. And of course, neither pc can access the internet.

I have tried contacting the apartment manager for more details about the ethernet, but I was told rather brusquely that the management only supports direct links and not routers. At this point I feel I am being given the brush off in this matter and am unlikely to get further, useful information from the office. That is why I have turned to this community to help me resolve the problem.

Things I have tried:
Powered down pcs and router for several minutes, and then powered up router, waited a couple minutes, and powered up pcs.
Checked settings on both pcs; verified that they will never try to dial a connection and LAN settings have no options checked.

Other facts:

Ethernet link is working, as when I have just a direct connection... Read more

Answer:Solved: How do I share my ethernet link with another pc through a router?

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I have 3 computers in 3 separate rooms. When my daughter comes home from college she will have a notebook computer. Without having to disconnect the ethernet cable from the back of her Desktop PC is there a way to split the male end to 2 female ends. This would allow me to connect 2 short male to male ends. One to the PC and one to the notebook. Does such an inexpensive splitter exist. I was able to split my phone lines like this and that splitter was about 2 bucks. Do they make them for RJ45 ends?

Answer:how to share one ethernet connection

What you need is a router, and I'd recommend a wireless one so anyone with a laptop can connect without cabling.

Here's an Open Box router and wireless adapter for $23:
The modem connects to the router, and the router shares the connection with any and all computers connecting to it. So you can all be on the internet at the same, and even sahre files amongst yourselves.

A simple splitter won't work.

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Can someone please help me ~...Ive got a Linksys WAG54G v2 ADSL modem router that I have been using for the past year or so with an ADSL service provider. I have now changed my service provider to Cable and was wondering if I can use the Linksys with this. If I can, what do I need to do?

Answer:Use ADSL wireless modem router with cable modem

There are just a few ADSL modem/routers that can accept an external ADSL modem via a USB port, but even fewer that can accept a Cable modem through an RJ45 port - the encapsulation has a big influence. To my knowledge, the Linksys models are not capable of it (although your model number is not clear - do you mean the WAG54GS or the WAG354G?)Prerequisites include the ability to switch any one RJ45 port to a modem port, the ability to disable/bypass the internal ADSL modem either manually or automatically and the ability to accept a PPPoE modem signal.

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When I try connecting my PC to my cable modem via Ethernet cable there is no internet access, but it does say its connected ( windows xp and 7...2 different PCs). But when I plug in my wireless router directly to the cable modem, I get internet access, what gives? I did reset everything and this problem still occurs. I'm not a total noob when it comes to networking, but this is baffling! I did troubleshooting over the internet, no help at all

(btw for folks who know about ps3...When my ps3 is directly connected to the cable modem I get NAT type 1, and online play works flawless. yet why wouldn't doesn't the internet work on my pc?)

Answer:cable modem to pc, no good...modem to router to pc

Brand and model of the cable modem?

For "my PC" connected to the modem please show ...

Start, Run, CMD, OK to open a command prompt:
(For Vista or 7 type CMD in the Search box after Start)

Type the following command:


[Note that there is no space between the slash and ALL.]

Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter.
Paste the results in a message here.

If necessary use a text file and removable media to copy the results to a computer with internet access.

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I have a Netgear DGN2200 (N300 Wireless ASDL + Modem Router) that I got from Goodwill. There is no WAN port behind the router... only LAN ports I see. How do I setup my Arris Cable modem to this Netgear Modem Router? I need help PLEASE!

Link to Netgear DGN2200:

Link to Arris Cable Modem (PDF):

Answer:Netgear Modem Router & Arris Cable Modem

if its ADSL you cannot use it as a router on a cable modem, its designed to connect to the telephone line and has a modem within the device

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HiI have a BT voyager 105 modem. This connects to my pc using a USB port. I have a laptop and need to connect to broadband but laptop connection needs to be ethernet.Rather than buy a new modem, can I buy an ethernet cable that will fit into the back of my modem and connect to the ethernet port on my PC?Have e-mailed BT but never get an answer to any of my e-mails.Many Thanks

Answer:Ethernet cable for BT voyager 105 modem ?

if you do not mind the pc being on when using the laptop all you need is a crossover cable to connect the pc and laptop.

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I was wondering if this would work. I have 2 PC's, both with Win98SE, hooked up in a dial-up network through a Linksys router for printer sharing only. All hooked up with Cat5 cabling.

We can dial out, one or the other on phone line "B", or both at the same time, using Phone line "A" and "B".

We need a public IP address, for my wife only, as she has remote Sabre software for her travel business. (CANNOT have a firewall).

The upshot is, dial-up stinks! I want to go back to Cable, but without a router, which would bring back the firewall business.

Now, Toshiba has a model with both USB and ethernet
connections, where they say you can hook up 2 PC's at the
same time, through the different connections.

With the Modem at my machine, I could hook me up to the USB
and run my wife's PC on ethernet. (She's 60' away in another room).

Does this sound feasible? Would my machines suffer because of the different connections?

With this hook-up, I will most likely lose my printer sharing, however I could get a second printer for her use.

Comments please. . Thanks

Answer:Toshiba Cable Modem - USB AND Ethernet

if you are going back to cable why network them at all. Get a separate cable for the wife. Its installed from a splice on your cable inside your home.Call your cable supplier and ask them about the added expense. shoudn't be that bad

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Time Warner just came out on Saturday to install cable internet (Road Runner). However, he couldn't get it to connect through the ethernet, it will only get online from the USB.

The whole problem is that when I click on Repair (I have XP) it says that it cannot renew my IP address. I thought the problem might be on my end, so I bought a new NIC. No change.

Then time warner gave me a new modem, and the problem still persists.

I've already run the ipconfig /release junk, and it changed nothing.

Before I moved into this new apartment, I was using T1 cable from the old apartment, so I know my ethernet slot works as well as the cords and such.

What is going on?? I'm so confused, and I'd like my internet to go thru the ethernet so that I can get Vonage phone service.

Any help would be great! :giddy:

Answer:Cable modem won't connect thru ethernet

hi i have one sugestion, that you probibly did alredy but its worth a chack, make shore t that you have no firewalls on including the windows firewall, post back if the probiem contunios

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I've just had a Cable Modem Broadband connection installed. When the guy left after running the cable through the house and plugging in and activating the modem, he left a setup disk and ethernet cable for me to finish installation.

In my network connections in XP I have a 1394 connection under LAN/High-speed internet. When I connect the Ethernet cable between modem and RJ45 connector on the laptop connection is displayed as 'connected' in network connections. However there isn't a IP Address allocated. Setup in TCP/IP is for auto by DHCP (which is required for my ISP). I have tried to repair the connection using the 'repair' option in the drop-down for that connection but get the following error......
Failed to query TCP/IP settings of the connection. Cannot proceed.

I am currently using a USB connection to the modem but this is only 10Mbs max.

Can anyone help me?


Answer:HELP! Cable Modem Ethernet Problem

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I am about to install my cable modem. I have a choice of usb or ethernet card. Which should I choose ? NTL recommends using usb as its simpler but is this the most effective method ?Your oppinions would be appreciatedChris

Answer:Cable I connect via usb or ethernet ?

USB is prown to problems ethernet is faster 4 online games and downloads is simple to install if u have a nete#work card and is not incompatible with stupid drivers

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I've been having a problem. When I connect my Modem to my PC through Ethernet, I can't get a connection.

When I connect throgh USB, it pops right up, I get my IP Subnet Mask, Default Gateway and DNS Servers.

Now, I have the p5b-e mobo, ethernet onboard and all that, and the ethernet card is working.

I've come across this problem b/c I need to setup a wireless network with this computer as the Main and my other (no so close) through a wireless card.

I've tried pretty much every setup I can think of, and it simply doesn't work if I connect the modem through USB to establish a connection with the computer and use the ethernet with the router.

If you can help I'd appreciate it.

Answer:Cable Modem Ethernet Problems

Let me clarify: Are you trying to connect straight from your computer to the modem with ethernet? Is this working or not?

When you connect to the modem using USB, everything works fine?

If you are trying to connect 2 computers to a router it should be setup like this:


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Greetings all. I'm new to these boards and I'm hoping you all are able to help.

I have a Motorola Surfboard SBS120 Cable Modem, and the thing runs perfectly fine when I plug it up via USB. However I heard that my cable connection could be faster if I hook it up via my Ethernet (CAT-5) cord and utilize my Realtek RTL8139 Family PCI Fast Ethernet NIC card.

My connection via Ethernet used to work, but I lost the cord some time ago. So I went USB. However just recentely (After learning the Ethernet cord was faster) I went to buy a new CAT-5 cable and hook it back up.

When my modem is hooked up via the Ethernet cord, one light on the Ethernet card come on, and the other blinks once after 5 seconds, then again at 8 seconds, then 20 seconds after plugging the cord in. (No blinking after this. The first lights always stays solid.) On the modem, the PC/Activity light comes on (But stays solid, no blinking) and the Power Light, Recieve Light, Send Light, and Online Light also stay solid and green.

However when I try to access any internet activities, they do not work. Messenger applications do not work, and Firefox displays "Server not found", and IE displays "The page cannot be displayed" A message pops up after a couple minutes with "Connection has limited, or no activity." and when I check the status of the connection, it is sending packets, but not receiving them.

I've reinstalled my Cable Modem's drivers, and my Ethernet card... Read more

Answer:Cable Modem/Ethernet troubles

First off, with the Ethernet connection, you need no modem drivers. Second, make SURE you've disconnected the USB when you're trying to run with the Ethernet, and also turn off the power on the modem whenever you change from USB to Ethernet. If that doesn't do it, let's see this when you're connected to the Ethernet connection.

Start, Run, CMD to open a command prompt:

Type the following command:


Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter.
Paste the results in a message here.

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I've been having a nightmare with my BT Broadband Alcatel Modem (the purple one). Worked OK then cut out after 20mins or so and would need reboot before working again but then it happened all over again. I tried all sorts of things- patches, new drivers, PCI USB Controller Card etc but nothing worked. My OS became really unstable and eventually I upgraded from ME to XP to see if this cured it. It's stable but my modem still doesn't work. I saw (after the event) a forum where a guy (voiceoverman) had been having pretty much the same problem but he sorted it out by 'going the ethernet route' and getting a ethernet modem/card. I quickly rushed off to the shop to buy one but on explaining the problem to the assistant he said ethernet was for cable only! Is this right? If so, what else can anyone suggest? I've been trying everything I can think of for 4 weeks now and have started to lose my mind! Help!!P.S. I'm something of a novice so bear with me if I ask stupid questions.

Answer:Ethernet modem/card for cable only???

No - ethernet is not for cable only. It's more commonly used in commercial ADSL intallations, with multi-port routers - but also perfectly Ok for home use too. I have a number of friends who use ethernet - ADSL modems/routers.You will need a different modem or router, however, one with a LAN/Ethernet input.And I can't see any logical reason why this would solve your problem unless you are in a fringe area, and you get new, more sensitive modem/router.

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The mother in law has just bought a new PC with Vista . She can't access the internet through her provider AOL.Looking on the AOL website it appears as if they are not offering suport or new drivers for her modem and suggests buying an ethernet based modem or modem router.I know nothing about these things and would appreciate a 'cheap' recomendation.ThanksT

Answer:ethernet based modem or modem router

What modem does she currently have,and have you tried it yet.Reason being,i have a usb speedtouch 330 that is suppose to be non compatible with Vista until updated drivers are released.I have managed to get it to work.

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I am trying to get ride of my satellite modem with a cable modem. The satellite modem is actually on cards inside my Dell. Anyway, I have an the satellite modem, a WinXP, and a 98SE networking fine through a Kingston KWS800/WG switch. I simple unplug the RJ45 from the satellite modem and plug in the cable modem -- then things get nasty. The XP can surf the net through the cable modem but now cannot see (or find) the 98SE system. If I unplug the cable modem and wait a few moments, then the XP and 98SE are able to communicate.
Any ideas how to remedy this awful mess?

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I got a friends permission to use their wireless internet. I can only connect in a certain spot in the house. I want to connect wirelessly and then share the connection through the ethernet into MY wireless router, and broadcast through my house. How would I go about doing this??

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I have a sagem 3304 wifi modem router provided by the telecoms company. it has a limited wifi range and in my experience of wifi it also has frequent dropouts/connection problems. we connect the desktop pc to it by ethernet and that's just fine.

we also were given (by a 3rd party) a belkin n1 wireless router (the model without modem) and would like to try it out to be the wifi router. The idea is to connect it by ethernet to the sagem and place it in a more central part of the property. I reckon about 15m of ethernet cable. we would disable the wifi on the sagem. had we been given the belkin model with internal modem, this would not be an issue and we would not need to use the sagem at all - that is not meant to sound ungrateful!!

can anyone see any pitfalls with this? or if it is do-able, any recommendations re:configs?

I have found another post loosely related to using 2 routers however it doesn't really address this specifically:

Answer:Connecting a wireless router to a modem router via ethernet?

Connecting two (or more) SOHO broadband routers together.

Note: The "primary" router can be an actual router, a software gateway like Microsoft Internet Connection Sharing, or a server connection that has the capability to supply more than one IP address using DHCP server capability. No changes are made to the primary "router" configuration.

Configure the IP address of the secondary router(s) 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 through, I'd assign the secondary router as it's IP address, for another router, etc.

Note: Do this first, as you will have to reboot the computer to connect to the router again for the remaining changes.

Disable the DHCP server in the secondary router.

Setup the wireless section just the way you would if it was the primary router, channels, encryption, etc.

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!

This procedure bypasses the routing function (NAT layer) and configures the router as a switch (or wireless access point for wireless routers).

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Ok, before going out there and buying a router, i currently have 2 ethernet card installed in my pc. One of the ethernet card is integrated into my motherboard, and the other ethernet card is the one i added on made by realtek.

I know if i get this up somehow, i will have to leave my pc on while i use ps2 online, but i dont mind since my pc is on all the time.

So since i have 2 ethernet card, can i hook my ps2 up to the extra ethernet card i have installed and network them?

Answer:it is possible to share my pc connection with ps2 using 2 ethernet card?

You can use ICS to share the connection, though for $10-15 on a rebate deal, I'd buy a router at the drop of a hat, rather than screw around with ICS...

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basically i need to setup an additional wireless router to my isp's cable modem / wireless router combo, but they deny me access their modem page. maybe a long post, bare with me. heard this site was the place to go for this type of question. all help is appreciated!

i switched ISP's about a year ago, and when i tried to access my router page to port forward i couldn't get in. so i called and they explained they have their own password on their router so user's cannot change any settings. i tried to explain how this doesn't work for me an was basically told to bad. i said fine, can you just forward a port for me then, he said nope, "these routers don't have that capability" which is bullshit. i said ok i'll just reset it my self and use the default passwords, and i did, and withing a day or 2 tops the settings get switched back and im locked out again.

im in a 2 year contract so can't just back out, my ratio has been dropping on sites and need it for security system. i sent a msg to the staff and explained my situation, and we figured if i got my own wireless router, they cant do anything right?

so i just picked up a wireless router, its a d-link DIR-605-L, i thought i was just going to hook it up to the modem like the old days before isp's had the combo's, then realized it may not be as easy as it sounds. especially if i cant get into their router page.

can any one save me time and give me some help?... Read more

Answer:Connnect Wireless Router to Motorola SBG901 Cable Modem/Router Combo -ISP Deny Access

Re: Connnect Wireless Router to Motorola SBG901 Cable Modem/Router Combo -ISP Deny Ac

i got the wireless router working, but im having alot of trouble port forwarding now. (some please answer, i got a paralyzed arm and takes me forever to type all this shit)

when setting up the router i noticed the box that i thought was for the phones only is actually the modem (arris tm602g) it says telephony on it, and had a spot for a phone line and tv cable wire, i pulled off a sticker and there was an ethernet port there. i tried setting it up direct but couldnt get it to connect. so the motorola sbg901 must just be the wireless router.

i hooked everything back up, then installed the new dlink dir-605L router like i normally would. after setting it up, it works great. i can connect to whatever wireless router i want. i have 4 or 5 pc's not including iphone and tablets, im no genius but everyone else in the house dont know how to copy and paste (literally) so i'd like to keep both routers, and use the new one just for me and my settings.

will this interfere with me being able to port forward? i've done it 1000 times on old routers and its pretty basic. but for whatever reason ive tried everything for hours and i get no where. im beyond frusterated.

i setup a static ip
i used

dns i tried a few different ones from following guides

i just went to the status section and it has
LAN: 192.168... Read more

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I have read several solutions to similar problems but they do not work in my situation for some reason. (including the colledge dorm and router to router solutions)

I am work on drilling rigs at remote locations way up North. As such my internet come to me via satellite. I do not have access to the modem (if you even call it that in this situation). All I have in my building is a wire called a "Pason Cable" that enters through the wall.

Only one computer on location has the necessary port on the back to connect to this cable. (window 2000 OS)

This computer then has a cable which I believe is called an eithernet cat 5 port with a cable coming out of it. We have always connected this to various wireless routers. (Different people bring their own)

I recently purchased a new D-link DIR-625 wireless N router.

I have it hooked up with the cable out of the aforementioned computer going into the "internet" port on the D-link.

The Problem
Computers can connect to the new D-Link with 100% signal but cannot connect to the internet. The router confirms that the is no connection to the internet via a flashing light indicator.
Attempted Solutions
I have attempted to use the other solutions on this site:
-Disable DHCP and set the first three numbers of the routers IP address to the same as the host computers, and the last to 254.

-I have also connected the line out of the first computer directly to a second computer (internet works when I do this... Read more

Answer:Connecting wireless router to ethernet coming out of a computer

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Hi there!
I have two computers an imac and a pc which i am using my pc as a server. When I used router to connect both computers to the same interent, my friends couldn't log into my server. even though I disabled the routers firewall , misteriously it would comeback and still my friends could not connect to the server. When I knocked out the router and connected my pc (the server) to the modem, then everything seemed to be ok. the problem is now I can't go online using my imac. The error message is something about invalid IP configuration. Apprantly, there is only one ip address available when using modem directly. I don't know how to solve it. Can I use splitter before modem? in that case, I guess, I will need two modems, is that true? and I am not sure if cable company will register two modems!!

I am very new in this and am trying to learn so many things. I would really appreciate if you could kindly help me.

Answer:how can I share 1 interenet line (cox cable) to a pc and mac without using router?

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So I have this cisco router and I was wondering if I can share my cable internet connection between computers with it. Its a 2500 seris and has 2 serial ports and 1 ethernet console and AUX.

Someone suggested to me to buy a second one and link them with serial and have the internet going into the ethernet on one and through the serial to the second and the a link from the seconds' ethernet into a switch. Ideas?

Answer:Cisco router - share cable broardband?

you need one with 2 ethernet ports...or do what that person told you...

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I have a 3com PCMCIA ethernet card. I am trying to connect my laptop (using that card) to my cable modem. I have Road Runner cable internet that I use on my desktop. My laptop is running Windows 95. I don't know what to do to set up this connection. Can you tell me what to do? Thanks!

Answer:PCMCIA ethernet card to cable modem

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This computer i own has worked fine for a long time now, so has my isp and cable modem until recently.....

2 weeks ago the cable modem started to disconnect on a almost perfect timing (About once a hour) If i take the power cord and unplug it, let it sit, then re-plug in, its fine.....for another hour.

So ive called the isp, they replaced the good.....
Called them again, they told me it was a hardware or software issue.

So i rollback with system restore to two days before the problem...cable modem stays online like it used to.

The only thing i had deleted or added to the system at this time were

Old version of adobe acrobat
Lord of the Rings online free trial.

Since it will stay on after a rollback, i know its not the NIC card but i cant for the life of me figure out were the error is coming from.

Talking to the ISP tech guy, they can ping the modem and its alive but when i ping times out....

Any advice would be nice.
If i cannot find a solution im just going to reformat back to factory settings which at this point would be alot easier but im a stubborn fella.

Oh, i have run full system scan with CA virus/anti spyware provided by my isp i also have run Spybot....

I did find these entries

Mirc nHTMLn 2.9
FakeCD 99 3.0

Even after removal in safe mode, the problem still persist's with the modem until i rollback.

Thanks ahead of time!

Answer:Cable Modem/Ethernet will not stay connected

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I am able to connect with my cable modem using the USB, but the ethernet does not work for some reason

It just started doing this a few hours ago

my ISP is charter communication

modem = Ambit U10CO18

whenever I try to go through ethernet I get "imited or no connectivity"

I need to use the ethernet so I can get my Playstation 3 online

it doesnt work with the PC or PS3 so it isint a PC issue

Answer:cant connect with cable modem using ethernet cord

If it's not a PC issue then it must be a bad cable or bad ethernet on the modem.

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It was working fine and I went to MS and downloaded the updates for W98se. I then had a problem with wol558.vxd. Fixed that with help from MG. and could not get onthe internet after the updates. I still cannot get my cable modem to connect with my ethernet. Any ideas?

Dell Dimension L800r
PIII, 800MHz
256 Ram
20 GB

Thanks in advance!

Answer:I can't get my cable modem to connect to ethernet card. Please help!

I figured it out! I went in and deleted the card from the Device Manager and and restarted. It wasn't because I knew what I was doing though. I just remebered having a similar problem before. Funny, I always said I had a good memory, it was just short as ever.

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My parents have Comcast cable internet, and the modem is a real pain. For some inexplicable reason, it only wants to work with the USB connection. We have a linksys wireless router, and the cable quy came a week ago to help set it up, and it was working fine via ethernet. I still don't know how he got it to work, he didn't even touch our router, but we moved the modem to a different room a couple of days ago and now the ethernet won't work again! I even tried plugging my laptop in directly via ethernet, and it wouldn't get an IP no matter how long I waited. What's the deal?

Answer:Problem with Comcast cable modem ethernet

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Im trying to set up my friend's new computer. He has given me a Pipex homecall set up CD and a very small 'Speedtouch' modem that appears to have no ethernet cable with it, just a usb lead to the PC and a normal telephone cable?
Is this right? Shouldn't it be a wireless router?

Answer:Pipex Speedtouch Modem- No ethernet cable?

A modem connects by USB and a router by ethernet. Most ISPs provide a wireless router these days. Is this a new contract? Probably best to ring the ISP and ask for a free upgrade.

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Hello all,

Long story short, I moved to a new apartment and have to wait a month or even more to get my DSL internet, so I temporarily got myself a USB 3G device to have some access to the internet till I get my DSL line.

I live in Bahrain so I don't think you guys will know much about the ISPs over here. The USB acts as 3G modem for a single PC that's connected to it, what I want is to share that internet using my D-Link DIR-655 router so I'd be able to connect my iPhone and PS3 as well.

Any ideas to get that setup working as smoothly as possible would be great. DIR-655's default gateway is, and the auto DHCP range IIRC is to

Answer:Share 3G USB modem internet through DIR-655 router?

Use Internet connection sharing on the laptop. Or use something like Connectify.

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I'm working on setting up a VPN server on my home Windows 8 PC, and I'm *finally* able to log in, but once I've logged in I have no internet access. I've been all over the place trying to figure out how to share my ethernet adapter's internet with my VPN connection, and am mostly finding out how to do the opposite. Is this even possible?

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Hi, Im having a ACT Broadband internet connection, he provides internet connection through a wire which runs into my room that can be directly connected to the my computers NIC. Whenever i switch on my computer and opens the browser it first redirects to the page -, where it asks for Username & Password, our ISP gives us a IP Address which displays on the web page after logging in. I want the internet connection to be shared with my roommates so i bought a 8 port Ethernet switch (, which is having a uplink port also. I have connected the wire given by the ISP to the up link port of the switch & i connected my PC to one port of the switch with another network cable. I also connected my friends PC to second port of switch with another network cable, my problem is that when i sign into my ISP web page and start using the internet & my friend also wants internet in his PC & when he opens the browser the ISP's webpage is appearing and when he sign's in internet is disconnecting in my Pc. I tried to change the IP but as a default IP is given by the ISP if change the IP internet is not working. Please provide me a solution.
Here r my Ethernet Switch pictures -

Answer:How to share Internet connection using ethernet switch ?

I dont think you need to open your ISPs webpage on your second PC, just configure the network settings and put the gateway IP. If that doesn't work, use Windows ICS (Internet Connection Sharing) and configure it using the Network Configuration wizard. See how it goes. What is the windows version you are using ?

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Hey guys,

Right need assisiatnce with my Network!

Now its a bit complicated,Ive tried to make it as understanding as i can so please bear with me

I currently have a Virgin media Modem (VMNG300) and a Wireles-N-Router (WNR2000) connected to each other.

The Ethernet cable runs across the room from my Router stright into the back of my Pc...all works great! that i have aquired an Xbox 360 id also like to connect that to my Network,But i want it wired,I dont want to buy one of microsofts overpriced Wireless things,The problem is my Pc and Xbox are the opposite side of the room from the Router/Modem so i cant connect them like that.

I only have one Ethernet cable runing up to my pc where the Pc and Xbox are located.

What do i need to be able to Split an Ethernet connection between the Pc and Xbox? the moment ive been having to unplug the ethernet cable from the pc and put it in the Xbox.

I was wondering,I have another spare Router...can it be used as a HUB/Switch to share one thernet connection between two devices?
The other model of the router i have is -Netgear Wireless-G-Router WGR614 v9.

Answer:Share single Ethernet connection with Pc + Xbox 360

Use a switch - that will solve your issues ..

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If so, how can I configure any settings on the router? I tried connecting this router directly to my Cable modem and some limited connectivity problem pops up saying Primary DNS server cannot be found.

Answer:Can my unserviced DSL router be used as a router to my Motorola cable modem?

probably not, apples/oranges.

dsl uses phone lines which means you have/had dsl with your phone service.

cable uses coax cable to the modem and tv in my case with roadrunner, also provides digital phone service.

the cable comes in and i use a splitter for the modem/with phone jack for digital phone service and to the router/computers, both wired and wireless.

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My wife's sister has Comcast Cable. They installed a Modem/Router that the wireless part seems to have died. Can a wireless router be connected via ethernet cable to the cable modem/ router?

Answer:Connecting Wireless router to Cable Modem/Router

Yes, adding a wifi router to one of the ports will set it as a node on the dhcp server{modem} and if there is a conflict in ip address, usually will change it to a

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