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Advice Needed

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by jd_919, Jun 15, 2006.

  1. jd_919

    jd_919 LI Guru Member

    I went and did a very silly thing. I am going to be moving to a new place, and I figured it would be a good time to upgrade my networking hardware. I currently connect via a 2Wire Home Portal 1000HG USB/Ethernet External DSL Modem with 802.11b/g Wi-Fi.

    For some time now, I've been incorrectly referring to this thing as a "router." Recently I read the article about all the wonderful 3rd party firmware hacking you can do to the Linksys WRT-54G wireless router. Thinking that I would give our old "router" (actually, the DSL modem) to my housemate I move out, I went and paid a premium on eBay for the rare WRT-54G v4 that supports the 3rd party firmware.

    To my dismay, I realized too late (after receiving it) that I need a DSL modem as well. Not only that, but of course it turns out that I could've gotten away with a 54GL or 54GS and *still* been able to use the custom firmware.

    I can't return the router to the seller. Should I try to sell it on eBay, and get a combination wireless router/DSL modem (I have a laptop I'd like to use wirelessly in the house)? Or should I pick up a regular non-wireless DSL modem and stick with what I have purchased?

    Any advice would be appreciated.

  2. sufrano63

    sufrano63 Network Guru Member

    get yourself a non-wireless modem and keep the wrt v4. chk out the 3rd prty firmware dd-wrt
  3. jd_919

    jd_919 LI Guru Member

    Any recommendations on a specific non-wireless modem?
  4. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    sorry i dont know of a good adsl modem i am on cable :)

    what ISP are you with? what speed?

    I personally would keep the WRT54G v4 use a 3rd party firmware and get the best out of it.
  5. ka9yhd

    ka9yhd LI Guru Member

    If your ISP provides a DSL modem that uses Ethernet not USB you should be fine.

    For the past 5 years I have been using an Efficient Networks Speedstream 5260 Ethernet modem, but I know there is newer stuff out there.

    You can also check dslreports.com

    Also that WRT54G version 4 should work great for you. One of my friends is using a version 2 and it works great for him.
  6. jd_919

    jd_919 LI Guru Member

    Well I have some good news. It turns out that my housemate does not want the 2wire modem. So, my plan is to hang onto both the router and the modem. If I enabled wireless on the router *and* the modem, would that boost my signal, or would it prevent it from working at all (I'm going to guess the latter...)? Also, should I enable the firewall on the router, the modem, or both? Any other configuration advice?

    My connection is through Yahoo!/SBC/AT&T. It's a 512k down/384 up DSL.
  7. sufrano63

    sufrano63 Network Guru Member

    Recommend using modem strictly as a "modem" and leave the rest to the wrt to handle (i.e. NAT, firewall, etc.). Don't make it complicated for yourself.

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