noob question: how to set up with usb

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by JDRM, Sep 9, 2007.

  1. JDRM

    JDRM Guest

    so i got the !Linksys WRT54GS SpeedBooster Broadband Wireless Router" a while back, and never really got around to setting it up.

    Now that i am, ive come across a problem

    I have NTL broadband internet, which of course connects to my computer via USB

    During the set up process, it asks to remove this cable:
    which i dont have because mine is USB

    however i've tried connection an ethernet cable into that port and then into the router, but it doesn't work

    So im just wondering if/how i can get around this

    (ive never set up wifi before, so im sorry if this is a newbie question)
    thanks guys
  2. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    The WRT54GS does not have a USB port. You cannot use it unless your Internet Connection has a a Ethernet Port. I am assuming you are in the UK. If you have a ADSL connection you will have to purchase one of the Linksys WAGXXXX ADSL gateways.
  3. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    Dunno what "NTL broadband internet" is, but assume it is an ADSL connection, which you are accessing via a USB ADSL modem like this:

    ---telco_line_with_ADSL--- (USB_ADSL_modem) ---USB_cable-- (PC)

    If so, and you want to use your WRT router, you need to understand this:
    1) The WRT is a ROUTER, not a modem.
    2) The wireless of the WRT has nothing to do with your internet connection - the wireless is just another way to connect to the WRT.
    3) Your WRT can only handle wired or wireless _ethernet_ connections.
    4) Your WRT allows many PCs to access the internet at the same time (while your USB modem only allows 1 PC at a time).

    So, the typical change from the above USB modem setup to a router setup, would look something like this:

    ---telco_line_with_ADSL--- (Ethernet_ADSL_Modem) ---ethernet_cable-- (WRT) ---ethernet_cable-- (PC_Wired_Network_Card)


    ---telco_line_with_ADSL--- (Ethernet_ADSL_Modem) ---ethernet_cable-- (WRT) ---radio_link-- (PC_Wireless_Network_Card)

    In both examples above you can have 1 or many PCs connected to the WRT, and thus to the internet, at once.

    You already have the WRT, so you need the ethernet ADSL modem.
    You also get devices which have the ADSL modem and the WRT in one device, which is the ADSL gateways howardp6 is refering to.
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